Live music is prelude to film about blue legend Bessie Smith

April 26 2019
Blues tribute in Totterdown's old cinema

JAZZ at the Movies returns to the Totterdown’s Old Picture House on May 10 with the film Bessie, the story of the pioneering blues singer of the 1920s and 30s, Bessie Smith.

Dave Merrick Natalie Davis. Bessie Smith

JAZZ at the Movies returns to the Totterdown’s Old Picture House on May 10 with the film Bessie, the story of the pioneering blues singer of the 1920s and 30s, Bessie Smith. The movie will be introduced by Dave Merrick and Natalie Davis of ‘Small Days’, with a brief set of classic blues. Refreshments will be on sale from 7.30pm; tickets £10/£8.

The setting is the former Knowle PIcture House, which confusingly is in Totterdown. Now known as The Old Picture House, it is above Patco, Wells Road, and is entered from Winton Street. For tickets email: dmerr9226@aol.com

The film that focuses on Bessie's transformation from a struggling young singer into the "Empress of the Blues".  

Queen Latifah stars as Bessie Smith, and supporting roles are played by Michael Kenneth Williams as Smith's first husband Jack Gee, and Mo'Nique as Ma Rainey.