Billie Holiday‘s short and tragic career (1915-1959) gave subsequent generations of vocalists big shoes to fill. She pioneered new techniques and her collaborations with jazz titans Teddy Wilson, Lester Young, Count Basie and Artie Shaw are milestones in the jazz canon. Her talents were discovered early, and she made her debut with Benny Goodman aged eighteen. One thing which set her apart as a jazz singer was her ability as an improviser, a role more commonly allocated to horn players. Hits in the ’30s laid the groundwork for a period of sustained commercial success in the ’40s. Towards the end of the decade, she was arrested for narcotics possession and began to fall out of favour with the critics. Whilst she moved from one destructive relationship to another and her health faded throughout the ’50s until her death in 1959, she was still very much in the public eye until the end.


Original photography by William P. Gottlieb. Full photo restoration by us.

Billie Holiday

  • Art Print only

    Museum-quality poster made on thick and long-lasting matte (uncoated) paper

    • paper weight: 200 gsm / 80 lb
    • shipped in sturdy packaging protecting the poster
    • every print ships ready to frame


    Foam Board Print

    The smooth texture intensifies the image's natural look and feel.


    • easy stick on and take off the wall
    • strong, rigid and amazingly lightweight
    • mounting kit included