Bessie Smith was an American blues singer. Nicknamed "The Empress of the Blues", Smith was the most popular female blues singer of the and She is regarded as one of the greatest singers of her era and a major influence on many blues and jazz vocalists.
"Bessie Smith was an American blues singer. Nicknamed "The Empress of the Blues," she was the most popular female blues singer of the and along with Louis Armstrong, was a major influence on subsequent jazz vocalists. born in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Ladies of Jazz: Ella Fitzgerald (April 1917 - June Billie Holiday (April 1915 - June Thelma Carpenter (January 1922 - May Lena Horne (June 1917 - May Sarah Vaughan (March 1924 - April Pearl Bailey (March 1918 - August
Valaida Snow - African-American jazz musician and entertainer. She was named “Little Louis” after Louis Armstrong, who used to call her the world’s second best jazz trumpet player besides himself. She played concerts throughout the USA, Europe and China.
We celebrate the birthday of the Empress of Blues, Bessie Smith: April 1894 - Photo: Carl Van Vechten, Feb. 1936 - via The Beinecke