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Interpretation of Billie

October 27, 2005

This year marks the 90th anniversary of jazz legend Billie Holiday's birth. Today, more than 45 years after her death, her influence is still vibrating through the jazz world. "Billie & Me," a tribute to Holiday, comes to town this week for performances at Bovard Auditorium and Royce Hall. The show features an all-star lineup that includes three-time Grammy winner Dianne Reeves, Fontella Bass, Rokia Traore, Lalah Hathaway, Nancy Wilson and Terri Lyne Carrington.

Also this week, five-time Grammy-nominated jazz singer Nnenna Freelon is at the Jazz Bakery. Her latest album, "Blueprint of a Lady -- Sketches of Billie Holiday," came out in August.

* Billie & Me, USC Bovard Auditorium, 3551 Trousdale Parkway, L.A. 7 tonight. $15-$30. (213) 740-2167.

* Billie & Me, Royce Hall, UCLA, 10745 Dickson Plaza, Westwood. 8 p.m. Friday. $17-$60. (310) 825-2101.

* Nnenna Freelon, Jazz Bakery, 3233 Helms Ave., Culver City. 8 and 9:30 p.m. today through Sunday. $30. (310) 271-9039.

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