Latest Titles With Bessie Smith


1. Jazz (2001 TV Mini-Series)

114 min | Documentary, History, Music

8.5
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A survey of the musical form's history and major talents.

Stars: Keith David, Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet, Duke Ellington

Votes: 1,369

2. Jazz (2001– )
Episode: Our Language: 1924 -1929 (2001)

111 min | Documentary, History, Music

7.7
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In the 1920s, jazz is everywhere, and for the first time soloists and singers take center stage. We meet Bessie Smith, Empress of the Blues; Bix Beiderbecke, the first great white jazz star... See full summary »

Director: Ken Burns | Stars: Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet, Bix Beiderbecke, Keith David

Votes: 42

3. Jazz (2001– )
Episode: The True Welcome: 1929-1934 (2001)

120 min | Documentary, History, Music

7.6
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In 1929 as the Great Depression begins, New York is now America's jazz capital. On Broadway, Louis Armstrong revolutionizes the art of American popular song. In Harlem, Chick Webb pioneers ... See full summary »

Director: Ken Burns | Stars: Louis Armstrong, Vernel Bagneris, Sidney Bechet, Bix Beiderbecke

Votes: 40

4. St. Louis Blues (1929)

16 min | Short, Drama, Music

6.6
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In this all-black cast short, legendary blues singer Bessie Smith finds her gambler lover Jimmy messin' with a pretty, younger woman; he leaves and she sings the blues, with chorus and ... See full summary »

Director: Dudley Murphy | Stars: Bessie Smith, Jimmy Mordecai, Isabel Washington, Hall Johnson Choir

Votes: 199