Full refund guarantee - risk-free bookings with our COVID-19 protection
Ma Bessie & Her Pigfoot Band's profile picture
Vintage jazz band

Ma Bessie & Her Pigfoot Band

Full refund
booking protection
Full refund if your event can’t go ahead due to Covid
Reduced up-front deposit
Free date changes
after booking
Like Ma Bessie & Her Pigfoot Band?
Watch & Listen

About Ma Bessie & Her Pigfoot Band

A Blues Jazz trio playing predominantly the music of Bessie Smith and the like along with some originals.
Vintage jazz band
Public liability insurance of £10 million

Building on her passion for the Empress of the Blues, Julia Titus started to perform as Ma Bessie in mid-2015 to share the music of Bessie Smith and her contemporaries with a new generation of listeners. Mixing Julia’s rich, warm vocal sound with a dynamic group of musicians that look as well as sound the part, Ma Bessie combines classic blues and jazz tunes from the inter-war years with a selection of original songs and hand-picked covers from the last 50 years of popular music. Whether you’re looking for a duo or trio for an intimate club gig or a full five-piece band for a large festival stage, Ma Bessie has something for you. The Ma Bessie repertoire includes classics such as ‘Careless Love’, ‘Nobody Knows When You’re Down And Out’ and, of course, ‘Gimme A Pig Foot (And A Bottle Of Beer)’. The band can also add additional songs in order to give you the tailor-made performance your event deserves. With sell-out performances across the Thames Valley and a growing reputation for their authentic sound, Ma Bessie can help to add some style, class and excitement to any event, club or festival.

Performance details
We can perform outdoors
We have vehicles we can use to travel to gigs
Our equipment is PAT tested
We own a PA system
Encore awards
4th Encoreversary
Saved the day!
Blues, Jazz, Ragtime, Swing, Dixieland, Gospel
See all genres
See all types
Event types:
Bar / Club / Venue event, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
See all event types

Song list

- Hot Time In Old Town Tonight
- Downhearted Blues
- Do Your Duty
- Ain't Misbehaving
- Queen Bee
- Baby Won't You Please Come Home
- I Need A Little Sugar In My Bowl
- Summertime
- I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free
- Just A Closer Walk With Thee
- Moondance
- Gimme A Pigfoot
- Hound Dog (Big Mamma Thornton version)
- Backwater Blues
- Nobody Knows When You're Down & Out
- Amazing Grace
- Don't Fence Me In
- St Louis Blues
- Careless Love
- Whip It To A Jelly
- Down By The Riverside


From customers:

Http://www.getreading.co.uk/whats-on/music-nightlife-news/five-stars-ma-bessie--11648826, 5 years ago

Reading’s own Julia Titus (Ma Bessie) has such a rich quality to her voice - it's almost like velvet.

Http://www.henleyherald.com/2016/12/09/living-advent-calendar-doors-5-8-blues-cabaret-archers-yodelling/, 5 years ago

Classic blues and jazz by Ma Bessie and Her Pigfoot band were the surprise act at The Angel on the Bridge on day 5 of the Living Advent Calendar. Julia Titus and Matt Foste performed a fun set of some 30’s blues, Elvis, Nina Simone and some festive classics, finishing aptly on “Down By The Riverside”.