Advanced Vocal Literature: Bessie Smith
Pioneer, Trailblazer, Superstar. Queen of the Blues.
Just a few of the words that describe Bessie Smith, Empress of the Blues. Learn about how her life influenced the songs she sang, and about how the songs she sang, influenced the world of music. You will choose from a provided list of Bessie’s songs (examples below), learn them, then interpret them, using your own different experiences.
1. Backwater Blues
2. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out
3. Downhearted Blues
4. T’aint Nobody’s Business If I Do