Katie Whittaker Sings Bessie Smith

After stunning audiences with her tribute to Etta James, charismatic soul singer Katie Whittaker turns her attention to another musical legend, Bessie Smith.

After almost 100 years since her chart topping ‘Downhearted Blues’ was released, Bessie Smith is still regarded as one of the best and most influential blues and jazz singers of all time, earning her reputation with classics like ‘A Good Man Is Hard To Find’,‘I Need A Little Sugar In My Bowl’ or‘Empty Bed Blues’. Katie will be supported by the guitarist Stuart Nisbet (The Proclaimers, Justin Currie) and his stellar band.

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23rd July 2021 | 14:00 | 60 min
Assembly Roxy
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23rd July 2021 | 14:00 | 60 min
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Booking your tickets
You can book using the link above or by calling 0131 226 0019 between 10am and 6pm Monday to Friday. 

Joining us online?
Enjoy this online concert from the comfort of your home or on the go! The link to the stream will be sent to you one hour before it goes live. If you have not received your link 45 minutes before the start time, please check your junk/spam folder. If it’s not there, please email boxoffice@adjazz.co.uk

Joining us in person? 
Our concerts are produced in line with Scottish Government health guidelines and performances are subject to social distancing measures and guidelines at the time. You will be able to purchase bubbles of 1 or 2 tickets and will be seated accordingly when you arrive at the venue. You will also be required to wear a mask and have your temperature checked on arrival.  
Doors will open 45 minutes before the concert starts, please arrive promptly. Latecomers will not be admitted. All concerts will run for 60 minutes with no interval. Tickets will be sent by email. Please print out or show staff on your phone on the day.

Assembly Roxy - Venue Information

photo of Katie Whittaker singing

Katie Whittaker sings - Etta James showreel

Line Up

Katie Whittaker – Vocals
Stuart Nisbet – Guitar 
Andy May – Piano
Neil Weir – Trumpet
Ian “Nico” Bruce – Bass
Keith W Burns - Drums