Nedra Dixon

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We air highlights of conversations with performing artists from the Kansas City area who wowed audiences here and across the country. Actress Cinnamon Schultz explains how she tackled the complex role of Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire. Operatic tenor Ben Bliss recalls meeting Placido Domingo for the first time and Nedra Dixon brought Billie Holiday to life on stage. Finally, the great Bobby Watson, explains what happened when he took a wrong turn while in the White House for International Jazz Day.

The end of Billie Holiday's musical career is infamous because of her drug and alcohol abuse, not to mention her tumultuous relationships with men. That's the Billie Holiday that actress Nedra Dixon is taking on in her latest role. Dixon says that, despite the drama, Lady Day "left a legacy of song and style unlike any other."

Happy Birthdays To Nancy Wilson & Nina Simone

Feb 19, 2012

On this week's 12th Street Jump we celebrate the birthdays of song stylist Miss Nancy Wilson & the High Priestess of Soul, Nina Simone, with our very own Nedra Dixon.

During the hour, the 12th Street Jump gang plays “So What’s Your Question?” and we learn a bit more about Nedra in a little jam session called, ”Who’s Got the Blues?"