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15/12/19 London, SW16 2BF Hideaway United Kingdom
Time: 2:00pm. Admission: £12.50. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 2 Empire Mews, Streatham.
12/01/20 Swindon Swindon Arts Centre United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm. Admission: £21.50. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: Devizes Road, Old Town.
19/01/20 Skegness Great British Rock & Blues Festival United Kingdom
Time: 4:30pm. Admission: £tbc. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: Ingoldmells.

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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