Billie Holiday (born Eleanora Harris April 7, 1915 – July 17, 1959) was an American jazz singer and songwriter. Nicknamed "Lady Day" by her friend and musical partner Lester Young, Holiday had a seminal influence on jazz and pop singing. Her vocal style, strongly inspired by jazz instrumentalists, pioneered a new way of manipulating phrasing and tempo.
Left: 'Empress' (2003) by Japanese born, Seattle based ceramic sculptor Akio Takamori (b 1950). Hand-built, stoneware, 53 x 23 x 17 in. Right: 'Queen' (2003), Hand-built, stoneware, 42 x 32 x 17 in. via James Harris Gallery