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Dee Dee Bridgewater
Dee Dee Bridgewater
(born May 27, 1950) is an American jazz singer. She is a three-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter, as well as a Tony Award-winning stage actress. For 23 years, she was the host of National Public Radio's syndicated radio show JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater.[1] She is a United Nations Ambassador for the Food and Agriculture Organization.


1 Biography 2 Personal life 3 Awards and honors 4 Selective discography 5 References 6 External links

Biography[edit] Born Denise Eileen Garrett in Memphis, Tennessee, she was raised Catholic in Flint, Michigan. Her father, Matthew Garrett, was a jazz trumpeter and teacher at Manassas High School, and through his playing, she was exposed to jazz early on. At the age of sixteen, she was a member of a rock and rhythm'n'blues trio, singing in clubs in Michigan. At 18, she studied at the Michigan
State University before she went to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. With their jazz band, she toured the Soviet Union
Soviet Union
in 1969.[2] The next year, she met trumpeter Cecil Bridgewater, and after their marriage, they moved to New York City, where Cecil played in Horace Silver's band. In the early 1970s, Bridgewater joined the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Jazz
Orchestra as the lead vocalist.[3] This marked the beginning of her jazz career, and she performed with many of the great jazz musicians of the time, such as Sonny Rollins, Dizzy Gillespie, Dexter Gordon, Max Roach, Rahsaan Roland Kirk
Rahsaan Roland Kirk
and others. She performed at the Monterey Jazz
Festival in 1973. In 1974, her first own album, entitled Afro Blue, appeared, and she also performed on Broadway in the musical The Wiz. For her role as Glinda the Good Witch she won a Tony Award
Tony Award
in 1975 as "best featured actress", and the musical also won the 1976 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album.

In concert in 1990

She subsequently appeared in several other stage productions. After touring France
in 1984 with the musical Sophisticated Ladies, she moved to Paris
in 1986. The same year saw her in Lady Day as Billie Holiday, for which role she was nominated for the Laurence Olivier Award, as well as recording the song Precious Thing with Ray Charles. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, she returned from the world of musical to jazz. She performed at the Sanremo Music Festival
Sanremo Music Festival
in Italy and the Montreux Jazz
Festival in 1990, and four years later, she finally collaborated with Horace Silver, whom she had long admired, and released the album Love and Peace: A Tribute to Horace Silver. Performed also at the San Francisco Jazz
Festival (1996). Her 1997 tribute album Dear Ella
Dear Ella
won her the 1998 Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album, and the 1998 album Live at Yoshi's was also worth a Grammy nomination. Performed again at the Monterey Jazz
Festival (1998). She has also explored on This Is New (2002) the songs of Kurt Weill, and, on her next album J'ai deux amours (2005), the French Classics.

Herbie Hancock and Dee Dee Bridgewater
Dee Dee Bridgewater
giving a masterclass to musicians in Rabat, Morocco

Her album Red Earth, released in 2007, features Africa-inspired themes and contributions by numerous musicians from Mali. Performed at the San Francisco Jazz
Festival (2007). On December 8, 2007 she performed with the Terence Blanchard
Terence Blanchard
Quintet at the prestigious John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C..[4] She tours frequently, including overseas gigs around the world. October 16, 2009 found her opening the Shanghai JZ Jazz
Festival, in which she sang tunes associated with Ella Fitzgerald, along with Ellington compositions and other jazz standards.[citation needed] Personal life[edit] Bridgewater is mother to three children, Tulani Bridgewater (from her marriage to Cecil Bridgewater), China Moses
China Moses
(from her marriage to theater, film and television director Gilbert Moses) and Gabriel Durand (from her last marriage to French concert promoter Jean-Marie Durand). Her eldest daughter, Tulani Bridgewater, attended the Mirman School for Gifted Children in Los Angeles, CA. She went on to graduate from the Ecole Active Bilingue in Paris, France
at age 16, going on to graduate from Vassar College. She serves as Bridgewater's manager and runs Bridgewater's production company and record label (DDB Productions, Inc. And DDB Records). Daughter China Moses
China Moses
is an accomplished singer and MTV VJ (France). Her critically acclaimed albums have earned her an international reputation as heir to Bridgewater's legacy. Moses tours worldwide, occasionally sharing the bill with Bridgewater. Awards and honors[edit]

First American to be inducted into the Haut Conseil de la Francophonie Arts and Letters Award (France) Tony Award, Best Featured Actress in a Musical, The Wiz, 1975 AUDELCO Award, Outstanding Performance in a Musical-Female, LADY DAY, 2014

Grammy Awards

Year Category Title Genre Label Result

1989 Best Jazz
Vocal Performance – Female Live in Paris Jazz MCA Nominee

1994 Best Jazz
Vocal Performance Keeping Tradition Jazz Polygram Nominee

1996 Best Jazz
Vocal Performance Love and Peace: A Tribute to Horace Silver Jazz Verve Nominee

1998 Best Jazz
Vocal Performance Dear Ella Jazz Verve Winner

1998 Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocal(s) "Cotton Tail" from Dear Ella Jazz Verve Winner

2001 Best Jazz
Vocal Album Live at Yoshi's Jazz Verve Nominee

2005 Jazz
Vocal Album J'ai Deux Amours Jazz DDB Nominee

2007 Jazz
Vocal Album Red Earth Jazz DDB Nominee

2010 Jazz
Vocal Album Eleanora Fagan (1915-1959): To Billie with Love from Dee Dee Bridgewater Jazz EmArcy Winner

Selective discography[edit]

Year Title Genre Label Billboard[5]

1974 Afro Blue Jazz Trio

1976 Dee Dee Bridgewater Disco Atlantic

1977 Just Family Disco Elektra 170

1979 Bad for Me Disco Elektra 182

1980 Dee Dee Bridgewater Disco Elektra

1987 Live in Paris Jazz EmArcy

1989 Victim of Love Disco Polydor

1992 In Montreux Jazz Polydor

1993 Keeping Tradition Jazz Verve

1995 Love and Peace: A Tribute to Horace Silver Jazz Verve 13

1997 Dear Ella Jazz Verve 5

2000 Live at Yoshi's Jazz Verve 20

2002 This Is New Jazz Verve 7

2005 J'ai Deux Amours
J'ai Deux Amours
( Dee Dee Bridgewater
Dee Dee Bridgewater
album) Jazz DDB 16

2007 Red Earth Jazz DDB 23

2010 Eleanora Fagan (1915-1959): To Billie with Love from Dee Dee Bridgewater Jazz EmArcy 19

2011 Midnight Sun (Compilation) Jazz EmArcy 20

2015 Dee Dee's Feathers Jazz Masterworks/OKeh

2017 Memphis... Yes, I'm Ready Jazz Masterworks/OKeh

As guest

Frank Foster – The Loud Minority
The Loud Minority
(Mainstream, 1972) Stanley Clarke
Stanley Clarke
- Children of Forever (Polydor, 1973) Roy Ayers
Roy Ayers
– Coffy (Polydor, 1973) – as Denise Bridgewater Buddy Terry Lean on Him
Lean on Him
(Mainstream, 1973) Norman Connors – Love from the Sun (Buddah, 1974) Cecil McBee
Cecil McBee
(Strata-East, 1974) Charles Sullivan – Genesis (Strata-East, 1974) Carlos Garnett
Carlos Garnett
- Black Love (Muse, 1974) Stanley Clarke
Stanley Clarke
– I Wanna Play for You (Nemperor, 1979) BWB – Groovin' (Warner Bros., 2002) Christian McBride
Christian McBride
Conversations with Christian
Conversations with Christian
(Mack Avenue, 2011)


^ "JazzSet Signs Off". Npr.org. Retrieved November 3, 2017.  ^ Thomas, Jo (September 22, 1998). "A Singer Is Returning to a Stage Where It All Began". The New York Times. Retrieved 2016-10-06.  ^ Larkin, Colin. The Guinness Encyclopedia of Popular Music, Guinness, page 547, (1995) – ISBN 1-56159-176-9 ^ "Kennedy Center: The Movie Music of Spike Lee and Terence Blanchard". Kennedy-center.org. Archived from the original on August 18, 2007. Retrieved November 3, 2017.  ^ "Dee Dee Bridgewater". Billboard.com. Retrieved November 3, 2017. 

External links[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Dee Dee Bridgewater.

Official site Dee Dee Bridgewater
Dee Dee Bridgewater
on IMDb Dee Dee Bridgewater
Dee Dee Bridgewater
at the Internet Broadway Database
Internet Broadway Database
Interview at Rockwired.com Biography at the Wayback Machine
Wayback Machine
(archived September 9, 2005)

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Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical

Juanita Hall (1950) Isabel Bigley (1951) Helen Gallagher
Helen Gallagher
(1952) Sheila Bond (1953) Gwen Verdon
Gwen Verdon
(1954) Carol Haney (1955) Lotte Lenya
Lotte Lenya
(1956) Edie Adams
Edie Adams
(1957) Barbara Cook
Barbara Cook
(1958) Pat Stanley (1959) Patricia Neway (1960) Tammy Grimes
Tammy Grimes
(1961) Phyllis Newman
Phyllis Newman
(1962) Anna Quayle (1963) Tessie O'Shea
Tessie O'Shea
(1964) Maria Karnilova (1965) Beatrice Arthur (1966) Peg Murray (1967) Lillian Hayman (1968) Marian Mercer
Marian Mercer
(1969) Melba Moore
Melba Moore
(1970) Patsy Kelly
Patsy Kelly
(1971) Linda Hopkins
Linda Hopkins
(1972) Patricia Elliott (1973) Janie Sell (1974) Dee Dee Bridgewater
Dee Dee Bridgewater
(1975) Kelly Bishop
Kelly Bishop
(1976) Delores Hall (1977) Nell Carter
Nell Carter
(1978) Carlin Glynn (1979) Priscilla Lopez (1980) Marilyn Cooper
Marilyn Cooper
(1981) Liliane Montevecchi
Liliane Montevecchi
(1982) Betty Buckley
Betty Buckley
(1983) Lila Kedrova
Lila Kedrova
(1984) Leilani Jones (1985) Bebe Neuwirth
Bebe Neuwirth
(1986) Frances Ruffelle (1987) Judy Kaye (1988) Debbie Shapiro (1989) Randy Graff
Randy Graff
(1990) Daisy Eagan
Daisy Eagan
(1991) Tonya Pinkins (1992) Andrea Martin
Andrea Martin
(1993) Audra McDonald
Audra McDonald
(1994) Gretha Boston (1995) Ann Duquesnay (1996) Lillias White (1997) Audra McDonald
Audra McDonald
(1998) Kristin Chenoweth
Kristin Chenoweth
(1999) Karen Ziemba (2000) Cady Huffman
Cady Huffman
(2001) Harriet Sansom Harris (2002) Jane Krakowski
Jane Krakowski
(2003) Anika Noni Rose
Anika Noni Rose
(2004) Sara Ramirez
Sara Ramirez
(2005) Beth Leavel
Beth Leavel
(2006) Mary Louise Wilson (2007) Laura Benanti (2008) Karen Olivo
Karen Olivo
(2009) Katie Finneran
Katie Finneran
(2010) Nikki M. James
Nikki M. James
(2011) Judy Kaye (2012) Andrea Martin
Andrea Martin
(2013) Lena Hall
Lena Hall
(2014) Ruthie Ann Miles (2015) Renée Elise Goldsberry
Renée Elise Goldsberry
(2016) Rachel Bay Jones
Rachel Bay Jones

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