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Venus Cruz to celebrate Billie Holiday with free Union Station show

Billie Holiday would have turned 100 on April 7, and while her Colorado connections are more of the occasional kind than the deep-rooted, she still performed here over the years at venues like the Rossonian Hotel — back in the early half of the 20th century when the historically black Five Points neighborhood was a cultural hub: the “Harlem of the West.” To celebrate Holiday’s legacy and vocal genius, veteran Denver jazz singer and KUVO radio host Venus Cruz is staging a free, two-hour tribute at the Great Hall in LoDo’s Union Station from 4 to 6 p.m.