We recently watched the amazing Netflix documentary about jazz legend Nina Simone, What happened, Miss Simone?
Using never-before-heard recordings, rare archival footage and her best-known songs, this is the story of legendary singer and activist Nina Simone. Here is a direct video link.
The story of how Simone trained to be a classical pianist and then was reluctantly forced into jazz music and singing reminded me of the story Billy Joel tells of how he too trained as a classical pianist and had to transition to a career in pop music and singing only by default. He explains in this 2012 podcast with Alec Baldwin which is well worth the listen.
Listening to Billy Joel
from Here’s The Thing with Alec Baldwin. https://t.co/jtwWGGgcO1
— Danielle Park (@kdaniellepark) August 12, 2016