Thu, July 3, 2014
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BLUES FEST 14 "the Life of Bessie Smith" with the Sarah Gillespie Quartet at Seven Jazz Leeds
Part of our contribution to Le Grand Depart of The Tour de France, leaving Leeds a couple of days later, Seven Jazz presents BLUESFEST14 - featuring all the aspects of the blues. Our first headline event features Sarah Gillespie (guitar and vocals), Kit Downes (piano), Ben Bastin (bass), Enzo Zirilli (drums)in a tribute to Bessie Smith
Bessie Smith is one of the most iconic artists in blues history. Her raw, visceral howl of a voice chronicled a life of gin-soaked bar room brawls, renegade lovers and bawdy nights of Harlem vaudeville. This evening the critically acclaimed Anglo-American songstress Sarah Gillespie takes to the stage with a fresh interpretation of her heroine, whose lucid jazz poetry, raucous humour and dark cathartic blues blazed a trail for generations of performers.
"(Gillespie) mixes urban folk, jazz and vivid intimate lyrics you can imagine scrawled in lipstick on Beat Hotel bed linen" – The Independent *****
Seven Jazz Leeds, 31a Harrogate Rd