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Songs from the Empress, the Lady and Queen of the Blues
Following the success of their two sold out concerts in Fringe 2017 Bonnie Lee Galea (vocals), Quinton Dunne from Beggars (Double Bass) and Richard Coates (Keyboard) will be paying further tribute to three inspirational Musical Giants – Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday and Dinah Washington - better known as the Empress, Lady and Queen of Blues.
You will feel the power of these three pioneering African/American female vocalists of the 1920's - 1950's, Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday and Dinah Washington in a show that highlights their unforgettable songs. Such superb masterpieces like Ain't Misbehavin', Makin' Whoopee! and St Louis Blues along with their other masterpieces that are full of life, love and laughter, but also of sadness, hope and hard-times. This is a show that is certain to have you laughing, crying and perhaps even singing along to songs like Send Me to the Electric chair!
As intriguing as these three inspirational artists are still today, most people are familiar with Billie Holiday and her music, but we don't always remember Bessie Smith or Dinah Washington! Yet their music is still popular today, but people may not realise some of the enormous hits they made extremely popular, nor that they were the first singer to popularized.
Who hasn't heard St Louis Blues one of Bessie Smith's biggest hits from 1925? Well, the first movie and that song were written for her. I feel sure you would have heard Eric Clapton's recording of Nobody Knows You When You Are Down and Out. Well, Bessie was the first to make that song very popular back in 1929. Another famous song of Bessie's you may recognise would be Careless Love which Madeleine Peyroux does a gorgeous version.
Dinah Washington made hundreds of recordings and was dynamic, charismatic and powerful with her delivery of songs as she commanded the stage. Most people have heard her big hit What a Difference a Day Makes. Well, Dinah also had a number 1 hit with Ain't Misbehavin' and Teach Me Tonight is a fantastic version of hers that Amy Whitehouse raved about.
This will be an evening of songs, stories and images about Bessie, Billie and Dinah, featuring their big hits and some more obscure numbers as well. Bonnie, Quinton & Richard will share stories about Bessie, Billie and Dinah and their short incredible lives. Quinton and Bonnie will do a duet of Billie and Louis Armstrong's My Sweet Hunk of Trash' which they recently recorded in Melbourne with Mark Fitzgibbon on keyboard. In Adelaide Richard Coates is the mainstay on the ivories reviving the hits of these three ladies.
You will SEE images that will enhance the delivery of each song but mostly you will FEEL the power & soul of this incredible trio's interpretations of superb masterpieces that will evoke the emotion these ladies deserve.