From the Blues of Bessie Smith to the Jazz of Billie Holiday and Beyond!
February 15 @ 6:30 pm - 10:30 pm£10 - £18.50
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For many the enduring image of a Blues singer is that of a single man playing a guitar, but the first commercial Blues singers to become household names were women. In the 1920’s Bessie Smith was the biggest star of the Blues. In her early teens Billie Holiday heard Bessie Smith’s recordings, often accompanied by Louis Armstrong. She said of her own music that she wanted the power of Bessie Smith and the tone of Louis Armstrong.
In this multimedia, live music and spoken word presentation, Natalie Davis (Vocals) and Dave Merrick (Guitar) will introduce and perform live some of the early classic Blues songs of Bessie Smith that influenced Billy Holiday and some of the Blues influenced songs that Billy then made her own. We will include live video footage of both Bessie Smith, and Billie Holiday, and audio video footage of some of the earliest recorded Classic Blues music. Our main emphasis, though, will be on live performances of women’s Jazz and Blues classics. Come and join us on a Blues and Jazz journey through the twenties, thirties and beyond.
Pie & Mash with gravy (either beef or mushroom) available to pre-order, food served from 6.30-7.30pm, show starts 8pm.
Please note: Food must be ordered by 8th February. Bar open all night, no under 18s.
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