An architectural historian by profession, Paul Oliver wrote his first article for Jazz News in 1951 and his biography of Bessie Smith in 1959. He was regarded ever after as one of the foremost authorities on American blues and gospel music. Paul died at Shipton-under-Wychwood in Oxfordshire, the most English of settings on August 15.
Queen Latifah did her homework to play blues singer Bessie Smith in HBO's movie 'Bessie,' airing Saturday at 8 p.m.
Janelle Monae recently honored the legacy of blues icon Bessie Smith, performing a high-energy set at Manhattan’s packed Stephan Weiss Studios to kick off HBO’s "Bessie’s 81 Theater Tour." -- This feed and its contents are the prope...
"True Detective's" Tory Kittles has also been added to the cast of the TV movie based on blues icon Bessie Smith. read more
HBO’s “Bessie,” a biopic premiering Saturday that stars Queen Latifah as the blues singer Bessie Smith, is a thoughtful and at times stirring example of how a film can add texture to a legendary figure.Read full article >>