Personalities | Trixie Smith | Twenties | Jazz & Blues

(Vocals, 1895–1943)

Atlanta-born Trixie Smith was a vaudeville trouper when, in 1922, she cut her first records on Black Swan. Although she did not have the vocal prowess of front-line blues stars like Bessie Smith (no relation), she recorded steadily until 1926 – often with top-flight jazz orchestras such as Fletcher Henderson’s – and sporadically thereafter. In the 1930s, after her recording career slackened off, she continued in showbusiness, appearing in musical revues and films.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz & Blues, founding editor Howard Mandel


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