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George Gershwin and Billie Eilish

George Gershwin and Billie Eilish


George Gershwin

George Gershwin’s tragically short career blossomed in the 1920s. His groundbreaking composition Rhapsody in Blue combined classical themes with influences from ragtime, jazz, and African American techniques such as syncopated rhythms. This fusion of styles yielded a piece that was, to some critics, a uniquely American embodiment of the Jazz Age.




Billie Eilish

Winner of the Grammy for Album of the Year in 2020, Billie Eilish explores the frustrations and fears of Gen Z through genre-defying pop music. One of her strongest influences is jazz singer and songwriter Peggy Lee. Eilish describes Lee’s performance style as “magical,” saying “The delivery of even one line can hit you in such a way … I’ve taken that as a huge inspiration for everything that I’ve created.”