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Dee Dee Bridgewater
March 6, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
One event on March 7, 2018 at 7:30pm
jazz giant Dee Dee Bridgewater has ascended to the upper echelon of vocalists, putting her
unique spin on standards, as well as taking intrepid leaps of faith in re-envisioning jazz classics. Ever
the fearless voyager, explorer, pioneer and keeper of tradition, the three-time Grammy-winner
recently won the Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Album for Eleanora Fagan (1915-1959): To Billie With
Love From Dee Dee.
Bridgewater’s career has always bridged musical genres. She earned her first professional
experience as a member of the legendary Thad Jones/Mel Louis Big Band, and throughout the 70s she
performed with such jazz notables as Max Roach, Sonny Rollins, Dexter Gordon and Dizzy Gillespie.
After a foray into the pop world during the 1980s, she relocated to Paris and began to turn her
attention back to Jazz. Signing with the Universal Music Group as a producer (Bridgewater produces
all of her CDs), Bridgewater released a series of critically acclaimed titles beginning with Keeping
Tradition in 1993. All but one, including her wildly successful double Grammy Award-winning tribute
to Ella Fitzgerald, Dear Ella, have received Grammy nominations.
Bridgewater also pursued a parallel career in musical theater, winning a Tony Award for her
role as “Glinda” in The Wiz in 1975. Having recently completed a run as the lead role of Billie Holiday
in the off-Broadway production of Lady Day, her other theatrical credits include Sophisticated Ladies,
Black Ballad, Carmen, Cabaret and the Off-Broadway and West End Productions of Lady Day, for
which Bridgewater received the British Laurence Olivier Nomination for Best Actress in a Musical.
As a Goodwill Ambassador to the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO),
Bridgewater continues to appeal for international solidarity to finance global grassroots projects in
the fight against world hunger. She spent the last year on an extensive global tour in support of “Dee
Dee’s Feathers” and was recently honored with a stage dedication in her name at the new People’s
Health New Orleans Jazz Market. In June of 2016, it was announced that Bridgewater is the recipient
of an NEA Jazz Masters Fellows Award with honors to be bestowed at the Kennedy Center in April
2017. She is currently in the studio at work on her next CD to be released in 2017.