Bessie Smith

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As Billie Holiday fell apart, so did her fragile if expressive voice.
Lady Day at Lyric bar & grill
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  April 02, 2010

2009: The top 10 in pop music

Hmm, lots of women, a few old dudes, and some African banjo (not to be confused with Steve Martin's Hollywood banjo).
Music you need to own
By JIM MACNIE  |  December 25, 2009

From kidneys to kittens

The Killdevils have been kicking around the area to much acclaim over the past six years.
Killdevils frontman Jacob Haller’s Mistaken Identity
By CHRIS CONTI  |  November 20, 2009

Coming home

Terri Lyne Carrington gives the BeanTown Jazz Fest the blues
Terri Lyne Carrington gives the BeanTown Jazz Fest the blues
By JON GARELICK  |  September 25, 2009

Modern vintages

Boston bands Lake Street Dive and Miss Tess and the Bon Ton Parade are different, but with a lot in common.
Lake Street Dive and Miss Tess go their own ways
By JON GARELICK  |  March 24, 2009

Reel lives

The 2006 Rhode Island International Film Festival is screening 282 films selected from more than 2000 submissions from more than 62 countries and 34 states. Watch the trailer for Sweet Dreams  (flash)
Three to watch at the RIIFF
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 02, 2006


Being Bessie

Waiting for Bessie Smith, written and directed by Ricardo Pitts-Wiley, is a generous as well as enjoyable performance.
Mixed Media channels Ms. Smith
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 05, 2006