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Bessie, Billie, Dinah - Empress Lady & Queen of Blues


Wed 15 Nov 2017, 8:00pm–10:00pm

Where: Paris Cat, 6 Goldie Place, Melbourne CBD, Victoria

Restrictions: All Ages

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Listed by: bonnieleegalea

From Adelaide to The Paris Cat Jazz Club for one show only.

Bonnie Lee Galea Trio present this Tribute show to Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday and Dinah Washington – Empress, Lady & Queen of Blues.

Bonnie Lee Galea on voice, (SA)
Quinton Dunne on Double Bass & Voice, (from The Beggars) (SA) &
Richard Coates on Keys (SA)

as they pay Tribute to these three inspirational Musical Giants of the Early 20th century.

With two sold out shows in Adelaide Fringe 2016 & 2017 & 2016 performance at Paris Cat Jazz Club.
Don't miss this show.

Listen to stories of these women’s short incredible lives, Feel the power & soul of Bonnie & her trio’s interpretations of superb masterpieces like Ain’t misbehavin’, makin’ whoopee! & St. Louis blues 
You may even find yourself singing along to songs like Send Me to The Electric Chair!!

You all know who Billie Holiday was & her music but what about Bessie Smith or Dinah Washington?
All three of these lady’s music influenced each other and many of those who followed.

They performed & recorded with the biggest bands & orchestra’s around in the day including Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton & Quincy Jones. You can still hear their music & songs today all around us even though they all died before the age of 45yrs.

Bonnie is drawn to all three of these women & their music for different reasons although she also does have a particular affinity with Dinah Washington, even to the point she recorded her first CD and named it after her favourite version of Dinah’s ‘Since I Fell For You’ (available on the night).

Three pioneering black female vocalists their lives cut short, so early, still made their mark in the Musical World leaving us with unforgettable songs of Love, Laughter, Sadness & Hope.

Immerse yourself in an evening of laughter, singing, surprise & a couple of heart wrenching songs.
Let us celebrate the music and lives of Bessie Billie & Dinah!

Adelaide Fringe 2017 Review:

Glamadelaide SA
* Bessie’s darkly funny Send Me to the ‘Lectric Chair, which Galea got the audience singing along to. Moving onto Billie Holliday, we were treated to God Bless the Child, Gloomy Sunday and Loverman,  Finally, Dinah Washington was presented with numbers such as Ain’t Misbehavin’, Teach Me Tonight and Makin’ Whoopee, finishing with her big hit What a Difference a Day Makes. Galea is a fine singer with beautiful tone and pitch.

Audience Testamonials, SA/Adelaide Fringe 2017:
- "We all thoroughly enjoyed the show. The unknown back stories on Bessie, Billie and Dinah were particularly enlightening-sad, funny and tragic. Bonnie's voice is so well suited to the portrayal of these amazing women and backed so fabulously by Quinton Dunne and Richard Coates." - Kathy Bergland, SA, March 2017

- "Loved the show… Bonnie and her band’s tribute to these 3 blues legends was brilliant!!” - Anne Mitchell, SA, March 2017

Debra Thorsen, Event Organiser 'The Port Rocks' & 'Semaphore Music Festival' (SA) 2017
- Bonnie Galea's ‘Bessie, Billie and Dinah’ Show was well executed, brilliantly played by Quinton Dunne and Richard Coates and sung to perfection by Bonnie.

Adelaide Fringe 2016 Review:
Clothesline Magazine SA:
- “This is a show exploring the music of 3 particular jazz singers, Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday and Dinah Washington.” “Bonnie is to be applauded for reminding us about this largely forgotten singer.”
“The connection between them is that they lived tormented lives, and died tragically at an early age.” “Meanwhile, sit back with a glass of wine and enjoy some of the great songs this show has to offer.”

Please note: Doors Open at 7:30pm for 8pm Show In The Loft.
Tickets from Paris Cat website or at door on the night providing tickets still available.