Premier of “It’s Too Hot for Words”
Studio5 - Jazz Series
Location: 1934 Dempster Street, Evanston IL
Date: Friday, July 12th, 2019
The Metropolitan Jazz Octet (MJO) is the reawakening of a group founded in the 1950s by saxophonist/arranger and Depaul University professor Tom Hilliard (1930–2006).
This year, MJO is thrilled to collaborate with engaging jazz vocalist Dee Alexander to produce their latest album “It’s Too Hot for Words”, a reimagining of 10 classics from the great Billie Holiday. The album includes well-known songs such as “The Blues Are a Brewin’”, “Ain’t Nobody’s Business”, “I’m a Fool to Want You” and more; each one tells a story filled with varied moods, textures and colors.
Delmark Records will soon release this album—near to the 60th anniversary of Billie Holiday’s tragic passing. We are very fortunate that she lives on through her extensive discography, and we are grateful that we can share and build upon her rich legacy.