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April 4-6, 2025

Word of South

Billie Holiday on the Radio

Chattanooga poet Laurie Perry Vaughen and the Atlanta jazz trio Three Way Mirror, performing as Billie Holiday on the Radio, present a unique show combining poetry and music. Atlanta saxophonist Jeff Crompton composes music for Billie Holiday’s namesake that “touches on blues, jazz, country, rockabilly, and more abstract areas.”  The other members of the band are New Jersey natives Yaya Brown on congas and percussion, and Bill Pritchard on tuba. Vaughen’s poems are about the South, referencing music, race, technology, landscape, poverty, and family. Her diverse influences include Harper Lee, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and Charlie Parker.