Manchester Jewish Museum

Music tells a story
Emma Smith



Manchester Jewish Museum's synagogue


Full price £15, Concession £14

One of the greatest voices of the contemporary UK jazz scene.

Emma Smith is recognised as one of the most exciting voices of her generation. She performed all over the world, from the 02 Arena to the leading jazz clubs of New York City, collaborating and sharing the stage with world-known performers like Michael Buble, Robbie Williams, Georgie Fame and Seal.

Her recent album, Meshuga Baby, is a nod to her Jewish heritage. The Yiddish word ‘Meshuge’ means ‘crazy’ – a judgment that Smith describes as “so often passed on brave ambitious women that are not afraid to express their opinions and showcase their talent.”

Listen to ‘Meshuga Baby’ on Spotify or immerse yourself in the mesmerising sounds of jazz with the video from Emma Smith’s performance of Sarah Vaughan’s ‘I’m gonna live till I die’ with GSMD Big Band:

“Meshuga is yiddish for ‘crazy’, but lively and emotionally committed is nearer the mark for Smith” BBC Music Magazine

About Emma Smith
Emma comes from a musically talented family. Her grandfather, Chris Smith Sr, was a trombone player with Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, and Oscar Peterson. Her mother plays alto saxophone. As she said in one of the recent interviews, she ‘grew up on a healthy diet of Dexter Gordon, Ella Fitzgerald, and Nancy Wilson’. She began her singing career at 14, and the year after joined NYJO as featured vocalist. She is one third of the chart topping vocal harmony group The Puppini Sisters as well as a regular broadcaster on BBC Radio 3, where she has her own weekly jazz show alongside saxophonist Soweto Kinch.

What you need to know
The performance may contain flashing lights. Please note, that this event takes place at our historic synagogue with on-side seating. This event will not be socially distanced.
The doors will be open from 6PM on the day of the performance. The museum Cafe will be selling alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

How to get here
We are located on Cheetham Hill Road, just 15 minutes’ walk from Manchester’s Victoria train station and 30 minutes’ walk from Manchester City Centre. We encourage you to use public transport when travelling to the museum. You can get here by bus, Metrolink or train. See all of your travel options on:

Access information
There is step free access to the museum entrance via a ramp, a lift to the first floor, level access throughout the ground floor and two accessible gender-neutral toilets. The synagogue will have seating areas for those with accessibility needs to enjoy the performance. Please e-mail ahead of the event to arrange for any additional accessibility needs.
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