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25/04/19 Shoreham-by-Sea Rope Tackle Arts Centre United Kingdom
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: £16. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: Little High Street. Buy Tickets
21/05/19 Marlow Marlow Jazz Club United Kingdom
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: £tbc. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: The Royal British Legion, Station Approach. Part of Wycombe Arts Festival 2019
24/05/19 Bridport Bridport Arts Centre United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm. Admission: £19. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 9 South Street. Buy Tickets
23/06/19 Liverpool Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Hall United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm. Admission: £15/£18. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: Hope Street. Buy Tickets
09/08/19 Maidenhead Norden Farm Centre for the Arts United Kingdom
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: £14. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: Altwood Road. Buy Tickets

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BESSIE SMITH “EMPRESS OF THE BLUES”
Bessie Smith (April 15, 1894 – September 26, 1937) was an American blues singer. Nicknamed the Empress of the Blues, she 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 (Julia Titus) and her Blues Troupe – internationally acclaimed drummer, Sam Kelly with Paul Jobson (Musical Director) on piano, Tony Qunta on acoustic guitar, Marianne Windham on double bass, Clare Hirst on sax/clarinet and Kevin Davy/Claude Deppa on trumpet – perform to a narrated show, featuring music from the era and showcasing many of Bessie‘s songs. The production chronicles her life from a one-room shack in Blue Goose Hollow, through to becoming the highest-paid black entertainer of that time, to the tragic accident on Route 61 in September 1937 which resulted in her untimely death aged 43 years.
Photo credit: John Nash