Gigs

Ma Bessie & the Pigfoot Band in association with Live & Local

Stratford Jazz

Ma Bessie & the Pigfoot Band in association with Live & Local 
Wed 13 May 2020
20:00 £12 (£5 Students)

Stratford Playhouse

Something a bit different for Stratford Jazz. We have teamed up with Live & Local to put on a touring show. This is an opportunity to take in a full stage show and enjoy the songs and stories of the 1920s/30s. Here's the full description:

Take a trip back to Prohibition-era America with Ma Bessie. This show is an incredible time capsule and brings the very best of 20s/30s blues and jazz to the present day, focusing on the life and musical canon of the late, great Empress of Blues herself, Bessie Smith. 
 
- Led by Julia Titus and her impressive vocal range, the troupe chronicle the life of Ma Bessie Smith. From a one-room shack in Blue Goose Hollow, to becoming the highest-paid black entertainer of that time, her story is told through song and music. It even follows Smith to her tragic demise in 1937 at the too-soon age of 43, giving the show a dramatic narrative arch.
- Titus’ warm vocals are matched by a mix of guitar and keys, as well as additional clarinet, trumpet, saxophone and drums depending on the size of show.
- Their songbook tracks the work of Smith with a range of classics like ‘Careless Love’, ‘Nobody Knows When You’re Down and Out’ and 'St Louis Blues’, as well as incorporating the work of contemporaries like Ella Fitzgerald, and Billie Holiday to name but a few. 
- They are equally happy to include additional songs so that the show is tailormade to fit your audience – an unusual treat from a group of this quality.
- As the performance is set around the prohibition era and beyond, every player in the group sounds and looks the part and audience members are more than welcome to join in by dressing up.