Classic Blues

Welcome to the Roaring Twenties


When Rag Doll was founded in 2012, singer Käthe von T. and pianist Amy Protscher agreed: It was Bessie Smith's fault that they dedicated themselves to the 1920s and their music with RAG DOLL. From the emotional exuberance and the coarse but honest humor of the "Empress of the Blues" Bessie Smith and her contemporaries from Ma Rainey and Ethel Waters to Alberta Hunter, the Berlin musicians are always happy to be carried away into this golden age of music and its history (s).

Tanja Becker, whose furious virtuosity on the trombone completes the line-up of the classic Bessie Smith Trio, is part of the party.
Together, the three Berlin musicians take their audience away with skin and hair and heart and take them on a journey into the golden age of ragtime, boogie woogie, Harlem Stride and Barrelhouse. The sparks jump right out of the box and they turn any stage into a great old juke joint in the American South of the 1920s.




Käthe von T. - Vocal

Tanja Becker - Posaune, Vocal

Amy Protscher - Piano, Percussion, Vocals