On a spooky Saturday night the scene at the Art Center of Burlington was silky smooth.

The gallery was standing room only for 鈥淎 Night of Billie Holiday鈥 a jazz show presented by Music at SCC (Southeastern Community College) and the SCC Music Club.

鈥淭hank you all for squeezing in we wanted it to be intimate and we wanted it to be special,鈥 said Daniel Pappas, SCC associate professor of music and music program coordinator.

The lineup of musicians included Pappas on tenor sax, Anthony Russell on drums and Landon Oliver on organ, both members of the All-American Jazz Collective from North Carolina who were in town for this event.

They were joined by Southeast Iowans Anthony Jameson on bass, Richie Bliesner on piano and Hailey Ramatowski on vocals.

鈥淚t brings me so much joy,鈥 said Anthony Russell about his visit to Burlington and to play in the intimate space.

The star of the night was singer Hailey Ramatowski who shined brightly as she grasped the mic to belt out the songs.

There is no comparison to Billie Holiday, a gifted and revered performer, but Ramatowski pulled it off with her grace and soprano pitch.

Her rendition of 鈥淪trange Fruit鈥 in which she sang while playing the piano was haunting and powerful. The room was silent and stunned.

Pappas would preface each song with information about the tune and Holiday and at one instance he reference a famous quote about her own music and life.

鈥淚 never hurt nobody but myself and that澳门开奖 nobody澳门开奖 business but my own. No two people on earth are alike, and it澳门开奖 got to be that way in music or it isn鈥檛 music. If I鈥檓 going to sing like someone else, then I don鈥檛 need to sing at all,鈥 was the quote by Holiday.

The gallery was decorated with gardenia flowers in a candle-lit vase on the cocktail tables. The flower is a trademark look of what Holiday wore in her hair. There also were quotes on the tables from musicians who appreciated her talent.

鈥樷橧t is Billie Holiday ... who was, and still remains, the greatest single musical influence on me,鈥欌 was a quote Frank Sinatra said in 1958.

It was a magical, informative and entertaining night. The musicians hit all the right notes and the crowd applauded after each musician had a instrumental run. They played for about two hours and covered many of Holiday澳门开奖 standards.

They ended with the upbeat song 鈥淲hen you鈥檙e Smiling,鈥 and the crowd smiled, clapped and stood in ovation.

Then everyone mingled about and eventually ventured out.

They were undaunted by the autumn cold as the chill from the special performance they witnessed warmed their hearts.