Nashville, Tenn – A respected jazz pianist, composer and educator, Lori Mechem. Lori and her husband, Roger Spencer are the founders and directors of Nashville's first jazz school, The Nashville Jazz Workshop. They both contributed to her new album "April in Paris" the music of Count Basie.
MTSU, Murfreesboro, TN – Before the legend of Billie Holliday, there was a girl named Eleanora. The world, however, would know her as Billie Holliday, possibly one of the greatest jazz singers of all time. Through a sequence of raw and poignant poems, award-winning poet, Carole Boston Weatherford chronicles Eleanora Fagan's metamorphosis into Billie Holliday and the dream she pursued with passion. (from product description)