Bessie Smith
Columns // 1 Articles
Reviews // 2 Articles

Singing the Low-Down, Down-Low Blues
10 Jul 2014 // 9:30 PM

Women in jazz can sing about their same-sex experiences, while men tend to stay deeply in the closet. Odd, considering the genre once embraced such dalliances.


How Pioneering Blues Women Were All But Written out of "Official" Blues History
13 Jan 2015 // 9:05 PM

While industry gatekeepers were invested in a specific image of black performance, black performers themselves had different ideas.

Bessie Smith: The Complete Columbia Recordings
4 Dec 2012 // 5:06 PM

Not only would we not have had Billie Holiday, Frank Sinatra, and Janis Joplin without Bessie Smith, we wouldn't have singers like Amy Winehouse and Adele.

//Mixed media

From Hungary to Hollywood: "The Undesirable"

// Short Ends and Leader

"At just over an hour, a lot happens in this broadly gestured, melodramatic story set in Transylvania.

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