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Wed 9 February

Dorchester Corn Exchange

8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm)

£15 / £13 members and concessions

Seated

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Welcoming back Mike back for the latest of his popular SpeakEasy nights. His guest is actress, poet, singer and songwriter Julia Titus, otherwise known as Ma Bessie.

Among her talents is the ability convincingly to put over the songs of that great blues & vaudeville singer of the 1920s, Bessie Smith.

Building on her passion for the ‘Empress of the Blues’, Julia started to perform as Ma Bessie in 2015, sharing the music of Ms Smith and her contemporaries with a new generation of listeners.

Expect to hear classics including ‘Careless Love’, ‘Nobody Knows When You’re Down And Out’, ‘Gimme A Pig Foot (And A Bottle Of Beer)’, and of course ‘Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight’, all delivered with verve and style.

Bessie Smith recorded many best-selling titles accompanied by pianists James P Johnson & Clarence Williams with trumpeters Joe Smith & Louis Armstrong.  On this occasion Mike, at the grand piano, will be joined on trumpet by long-time colleague, Steve Graham, one of the UK’s most respected vintage jazz trumpeters.

Dorchester Corn Exchange has wheelchair access and toilet facilities for wheelchair users. If you have any specific requirements, such as being seated near to the front should you be partially sighted, then please let us know when booking tickets and we are more than happy to help.

The fully-licenced bar opens half an hour before each performance.

Tickets can currently be purchased online or by telephone. The telephone line is manned between 10am and 4pm Monday to Friday. At all other times please leave your name, telephone number and ticket requirements and we will call you back.

We are not currently able to welcome visitors for advance face-to-face ticket sales.

No booking fees are charged, but a £1 Future Fund levy is included in most ticket prices to support our work. This levy is included in the published ticket price. Concessionary prices (for events promoted by Dorchester Arts): where available, these are offered to under 18s, students, those in receipt of benefits and people on low income regardless of age.

Covid-19-related ticket policy

We are operating a ticket-less system at the present time. On arrival at events, please give your name and reference number at the box office to gain entry. Once checked in, a wrist band will be available. We will ask you to help yourself to these wrist bands in order to minimise contact.

If you are unable to attend a performance due to a positive Covid-19 test result, displaying Covid-19 symptoms or have been instructed to self-isolate, please contact us to exchange your ticket for an alternative event (of equivalent value) or claim a refund. Please contact Dorchester Arts as soon as you are aware of a problem. Tickets cannot be reimbursed once an event has passed.

Dorchester Arts is a registered charity, so if you feel able, please consider forfeiting your refund as a donation.

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