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Ma Bessie

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About Ma Bessie

We take you back to the Jazz and Blues prohibition era with a twist. We've played over 400 events.
Vintage jazz band
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Julia aka Ma Bessie performs Jazz and Blues, celebrating the music of Bessie Smith and her contemporaries. With sell-out performances across the Thames Valley and a growing reputation for her intimate audience-focused performances, Julia Titus can help to add some style, class and excitement to any event, club or festival. Her Blues repertoire includes classics such as ‘Careless Love’, ‘Hound Dog’, ‘Ain't Nobody’s Business’, ‘Do Your Duty’, ‘Summertime’, ‘Sugar in my bowl’ and many more. I have been singing since I was a toddler and knew I wanted to be a part of the profession when I was picked to perform alongside Mary Hopkin and Alan Love in Rock Nativity. I gained a BA hons in community theatre in 2006 and haven't looked back. I love performing and taking the audience on a personal journey. My highlights are varied and most recently playing the main stage at Bunkfest Festival with my granddaughter watching!!

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Song list

20s and 30s Blues and Jazz
T'ain't Nobody's Business
Downhearted blues
Baby Won’t You Please Come Home
I ain't got nobody
Careless Love
Send me to the 'lectric chair
After you've gone
There'll be a hot time in the old town tonight
Alexander's Ragtime Band
Backwater Blues
A good man is hard to find
Nobody Knows When You're Down And Out
I'm Wild about That Thing
Revival Day
Sugar in my bowl
Do your Duty
Gimme a pigfoot
St Louis Blues
Trombone Cholly
Ain't Misbehaving
All of Me
Cheek to cheek
That old feeling
Mack the knife
My baby just cares for me
Don't fence me in
Pennies from heaven
They can't take that away from me
September in the rain
Queen Bee
God Bless the Child
What a difference a day makes
Miss Otis regrets
Its only a paper moon
It's a sin to tell a lie
I'm putting all the eggs in one basket
I'll be seeing you
Whip it to a jelly
Kitchen Man
Hound Dog
I'd rather go blind
I wish I knew how it would feel to be free
Amazing Grace
Just a closer walk with thee
Lean on him
Down by the riverside
He touched me
Hear my Cry
I forgot to say I love you
Someone is knocking my door
Trust yourself
All About you
I've been araound loving
The door is closed
Sweet Sensation
Hot Hot Hot
Last Date
Thinking out loud
Just an illusion
Dreaming of a Little island
Help me make it through the night
One Love
3 little birds
Redemption Song
In the ghetto/first cut
Just when I needed you most
Rivers of Babylon
One day at a time
Red red wine
stealing love
Hear my cry
Please don't make me cry
Leavig on a jet plane
Sad Movies
Dance the night away
Everything I own
Monday Morning Feeling
Customer questions

Do you have different line-up options?

Our line-up is as follows: Vocals, Guitar, Sax and Drums. We also have a 7 piece option that also includes Bass, Keys and Trumpet

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

We try to be as flexible. As long as it is within our booked time you can have us play within that time and we understand that sometimes things run over slightly and we are okay with that too.

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?

Yes if requested beforehand.

How much time do you need to set up?

We can set up in about half an hour sometimes less depending on the group size.

Can you roam around while you perform?

Some of us can if needed

Can I pick the songs you play from the set list?

Yes you can but we can also advise on what we feel works best for the type of event you have.

Is all of the equipment (e.g. PA & lighting) included in your quote?

We don't provide lighting as standard but PA is included.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

“If a song isn't included in our song list there may still be a chance we already know it. If there is a special song you'd like us to learn we are happy to do this for you. There is a fee of £50 for this service to take into account rehearsal times etc.


Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Up to 1 hour£800
Up to 2 hours£1000
Up to 3 hours£1200
Drinks reception4 musicians
Two performances of up to 45 mins each during your drinks reception
NEW!Virtual services
Personalised Music Message
Book me to create a unique music video for you to send to a friend as a gift. This could be a birthday message, first dance song for a wedding anniversary, or just your friend's favourite song to cheer them up.


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From customers:

Toulouse L
2 years ago

EXCELLENT !!!!! as it was my daughter birthday and she got to have a picture with the wonderful singer chatty and chilled who also sang Happy Birthday to her and another young lady in the audience TOTAL SUCESS WILL RECOMMEND!!

Toulouse L
2 years ago

An amazing evening. The forever husband and I arranged the night to meet our son’s girlfriend for the first time. Couldn’t have picked better entertainment or venue. (Also discovered the no.1 sons’s girlfriend of over a year is a sweetheart and a keeper for sure) Wonderful night thank you Ma Bessie you have the soul of a jazz star with incredible musicians to support and enhance your act. Many thanks from Valerie Fisher