Welcome back! We’re thrilled to be back with our regular monthly programme this Autumn. Details and tickets for our next event in October are below, and do sign up to our mailing list to keep up to date with all the latest news too. We look forward to seeing you there!
MA BESSIE AND HER BLUES TROUPE
“THE STORY OF BESSIE SMITH”
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.
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)
Other dates for your diary…
Fleet Jazz Club holds monthly jazz performances from some of the UK’s finest jazz musicians on the 3rd Tuesday of the month, in a “jazz club” environment at the Harlington Centre in Fleet. The club has an enthusiastic and growing membership since it started in January 2013, and we are always very happy to see new people too. There’s more about who we are and what we do here.
We have a growing gallery of wonderful photos of recent gigs thanks to our friends at Aldershot, Farnham & Fleet Camera Club (AFFCC). Also we have created short profiles of most of the artists who have performed at Fleet Jazz Club.