Ma Bessie and her Blues Troupe
Date: Aug 19 | Time: 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm | Price: £16.50 in advance online only
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 performers 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 period 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 (vocals), SAM KELLY (drums), DOM BARNETT (MD/piano), TONY QUNTA (acoustic guitar), MARIANNE WINDHAM (double bass), CLARE HIRST (sax/clarinet), CLAUDE DEPPA (trumpet), ANDY WILKIN (narration)
The David Evans Court Theatre
Tring, Herfordshire, HP23 5QY