Bessie Smith-The Empress of Blues

Bessie Smith-The Empress of Blues

Wednesday, October 23
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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INTRODUCING MA BESSIE & HER BLUES TROUPE – a narrated show about Bessie Smith, Empress of the Blues and Jazz

Ma Bessie (Julia Titus) and her Blues Troupe (internationally renowned drummer, Sam Kelly, with Musical Director Paul Jobson on piano, Tony Qunta on acoustic guitar, Marianne Windham on upright bass, Clare Hirst on sax/clarinet and Kevin Davy on trumpet) perform to a narrated show, featuring music from the era and showcasing many of Bessie’s songs.  The show chronicles her life from a one-room shack in Blue Goose Hollow, to becoming the highest-paid black entertainer of that time, to the tragic accident on Route 61 in September 1937 that ended her life aged 43 years.

Bessie Smith (15th April 1894 – 26th September 1937)

Nicknamed the “Empress of the Blues”, Bessie Smith was the most popular female blues singer of the 1920s and 1930s.  She is often regarded as one of the greatest singers of her era and was a major influence on other jazz singers.

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Wednesday, October 23 at 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Location : Neuadd y Dderwen

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Single Ticket
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Reservation for dining only - you can pay at the event for your meal. Limited spaces, subject to confirmation by Rhosygilwen.

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Please note: members please phone 01239 841 387 to book tickets and receive your 20% discount.