This award-winning concert film portrays the life of the legendary singer/songwriter, known for her independent spirit and often naughty lyrics. After achieving success for over 40 years with starring roles on Broadway, international tours, and more than a dozen hits, including Downhearted Blues, which became Bessie Smith's biggest hit in 1923... Alberta left show business at age 62 to become a nurse. Twenty years later, at age 82 (the hospital thought she was 70), she was forced to retire. Still full of energy, she returned to singing and made a critically acclaimed comeback, one that made her more popular than in her heyday. Live from The Cookery in New York, she knocks our numbers ranging from the lascivious Handy Man to the classic Darktown Strutters Ball, her voice full and rich, hands gesturing, winking at the audience... a consummate show woman at the end.