Bessie, Billie, and Nina: Pioneering Women in Jazz
Approximate running time: 1 hour and 15 minutes
3926 Hwy 42
Fish Creek WI 54212
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Powerfully and playfully blazing new trails in both their music and activism, Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, and Nina Simone became three of the twentieth century’s most influential vocalists. All three women defied social norms, embracing self-empowerment through their art, and creating some of America’s most enduring songs in the process. In “Bessie, Billie, and Nina,” dynamic vocalists Charenée Wade, Camille Thurman, and Tahira Clayton (backed by an all-female band) celebrate the lasting legacies of these iconic artists with performances of some of their classic songs.
“Charenée Wade is a jazz singer of commanding skill, an heir to the legacies of Betty Carter and Carmen McRae.” – New York Times
“As both a saxophonist and vocalist, Camille Thurman is a rare jazz double threat.” – NPR
“Tahira Clayton is sure to charm any audience set before her.” – Washington Women in Jazz