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Gordon Neal Herman Presents Bessie Smith (online)

February 18, 2022 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Join musicologist Gordon Neal Herman for this online presentation.

Bessie Smith: Empress of the Blues

Bessie Smith was one of the most popular of the female blues singers during the 1920s and 30s. She began singing on street corners of Chattanooga, Tenn. at the turn of the century before beginning her professional career in 1913. In 1923, she began a recording career that made her world famous. Her career was cut short by a car accident when she was 43. This program will trace her career and the impact her singing had upon jazz and blues vocalists.

Friday | 3:00pm | February 18 | FREE

Email or call the Friendly House Front Desk to register: or call 503-228-4391.


February 18, 2022
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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