Six Gals named Smith - The Uncrowned Queens of Jazz and Blues
The Red Hot Rhythm Makers are Scotland’s first and only all-female Jazz band. They were formed in response to vocalist Ali Affleck’s critically acclaimed Preaching Divas show in 2018.
Ali will introduce the stories and music of Besse Smith and other female musicians whose work has been shockingly forgotten.
The band are delighted to launch the first of a series of projects which seek to raise the profile of the queens of early roots, blues and jazz and also female musicians in general. The music is extraordinary and the women who performed it were even more so!
THIS IS A RIOT! Edinburgh-based American singer Ali Affleck and the acclaimed Copper Cats band transport you to the prohibition era, delivering good time, swinging vintage jazz, with Alison’s deep love and knowledge of early jazz vocals to the fore in New Orleans classics and songs by Bessie Smith, Mildred Bailey, Louis Armstrong and Ma Rainey. For one night, the Copper Cats feature New Orleans clarinettist Chloe Feoranzo and trombone payer Haruka Kikuchi. The all-girl band that’s taking New Orleans by storm, Shake Em Up Jazz Band, play in the classic traditional style in all the buzzing places in the French Quartet, and here they are in Scotland for the first time. A double dose of New Orleans girl power. “Music from another time and place, which puts smiles on the faces of the here and now” (The Herald).