Ma Bessie

Ma Bessie

at The Hawth, Crawley
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Ma Bessie And Her Blues Troupe

'Empress of the Blues’ Bessie Smith was the most popular female blues singer of the 1920s and 1930s and was one of the greatest singers of her era and a major influence on other jazz singers.

Ma Bessie and her Blues Troupe perform 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 to becoming the highest-paid black entertainer of the time.

Featuring Julia Titus (vocals), Sam Kelly (drums), Dom Barnett (MD/piano), Tony Qunta (acoustic guitar), Marianne Windham (double bass), Clare Hirst (sax/clarinet), Claude Deppa/Kevin Davy (trumpet), and Andy Wilkin (narration).

* This show was rescheduled from 20th March 2020.

Ma Bessie

Ma Bessie appearing at this event

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. Ma Bessie and her Blues Troupe 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. Band members: Julia Titus (Ma Bessie/vocals), Sam Kelly (drums), Paul Jobson (MD/piano), Tony Qunta (acoustic guitar), Marianne Windham (double bass), Clare Hirst (sax/clarinet), Claude Deppa (trumpet).

See 3 tour dates featuring Ma Bessie

Hawth Theatre

  • Hawth Avenue
  • Crawley
  • RH10 6YZ

Website:
hawth.co.uk
Phone:
01293 553 636
Disabled Booking:
01293 553 636