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Jazz@CAM: The Jazz Legacy Project presents Billie Holiday: God Bless the Child feat. Maria Howell

April 3, 2025 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Jazz Legacy Project

CAM Members: $35
Not-Yet Members: $55



Billie Holiday’s unique vocal approach and advanced sense of rhythm made her one of the most important and influential vocalists in American history. Her relentless fight to be treated as an equal – as a musician, a female, and an African-American – made her one of the most important American figures in the 20th century.
Join us as we detail how she developed her unique vocal style and how she blazed a trail for women and African-Americans that would pave the way for future generations.
This show features a multimedia experience of live music, narration, images, and video footage.
Created in 2015 after an epiphany Justin Varnes had while teaching Jazz History at Georgia State University, the JLP has an ongoing residency at the Velvet Note jazz club in Atlanta, where they have been selling out their performances for 6 years and counting. Ditching a traditional textbook in favor of playing records and telling stories about the artists to college kids who knew little or nothing about jazz proved to be a big success. It turned out that performing the artist’s music and telling their stories in between proved to be an even bigger success.
Maria Howell is an actor and vocalist who has appeared in The Color PurpleHidden FiguresHunger GamesThe Blind Side, and the TV series Revolution.
Her singing career blossomed after her role as the choir soloist in The Color Purple, eventually sharing the stage with Nancy Wilson, George Benson, Ray Charles, Earl Klugh, and Ronnie Laws.
A North Carolina native, Maria also devotes her downtime to teaching and working with Mothers without Students as well as several other charities.

Jazz at CAM is sponsored in part by

South Arts





April 3, 2025
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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