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Jazz Musician of the Day: Bessie Smith

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Bessie Smith
All About Jazz is celebrating Bessie Smith's birthday today!

“Empress of the Blues” She embodied the meaning of the blues, living the life she sang about. Bessie Smith set the standard for blues singers on how it should be done. Bessie Smith, born on Apr. 15, 1894, in Chattanooga, Tennessee, was one of ten children. Her parents died by her eighth birthday, and she was raised by her older sister Viola. She was taught to sing and dance by her older brother Clarence... Read more.

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