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On her centennial, what Billie Holiday means to Baltimore

On her centennial, what Billie Holiday means to Baltimore

In her youth, she played hooky on the streets of Fells Point. As a woman, she performed at clubs on Pennsylvania Avenue. Now, a century after Billie Holiday's birth on April 7, 1915, admirers are invoking her spirit, making sure that one of history's greatest jazz singers — the greatest, many would say — will be honored in her hometown and around the world. "You don't have to sing or be in music to know how really phenomenal she was," said Ethel Ennis, the exceptional 82-year-old Baltimore-born jazz artist who, at the start of her own career, received encouragement from Holiday. "When you hear her, you know it's the truth, and that's...

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