Insurgentes 109 col. Emiliano Zapata
LADY ZEN SINGS BESSIE SMITH
“This show has theatrical elements in the stories I tell about how the Empress of the Blues shaped my voice.” – Lady Zen
One of the jazz singers who has had the greatest influence on Lady Zen is Bessie Smith, dubbed “the Empress of the Blues.” Smith was a bisexual African-American singer with a contralto voice of operatic proportions, and a Southerner who dealt with issues of race throughout her career.
Lady Zen, whose own opera-trained, three-and-a-half-octave-ranged voice, is powerful enough to take on the Bessie Smith songbook. Watch for more dates added soon and be sure to catch her show, ‘The Soul Music of Lady Zen’, in the piano bar on Tuesdays at 7:30 starting March 12 (ticketed). More information coming soon.