2011 is the year for jazz vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater. She won the 2010 Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal recording for her disc "Eleanora Fagan: To Billie With Love From Dee Dee," her tribute to the legendary jazz singer Billie Holiday. The disc featured 12 songs including some of jazz musics finest soloists which include Edsel Gomez on piano, Christian McBride on bass, James Carter on reeds, and Louis Nash on drums. Dee Dee played Billie Holliday in a major theatrical production called "Lady Day" which was a hit in Paris and London. The music of the show was the nucleus of this project. In addition to winning the Grammy, she won the 2011 Jazz Journalists Association Female Vocalist of the Year. Bridewater's career spans some thirty years.
The now three-time Grammy-Award Winner and Tony Award Winner has tackled all genres of music and continues to stretch out as both an artist and performer. Including her latest project “Midnight Sun” on her DDB Records imprint. Produced by her daughter, this disc is the first time that Dee Dee has released a project of ballads. This disc is one for the lovers and those who want to listen to quality standards.
Dee Dee took part in this year’s 2011 Blue Note Jazz Festival in New York City and performed at The Town Hall. Grammy-Award Winner vocalist Chrisette Michelle opened the set paying tribute to jazz greats Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, and Dinah Washington.
For the last 6 years Dee Dee has been the host of National Public Radio’s syndicated show “Jazzset” in which she interviews and breaks bread with some of the movers and shakers in the jazz industry. She’s also been a United Nations Ambassador for the Food and Agriculture Organization.
Currently Dee Dee is on tour and about to promote her new album “Midnight Sun.” For find out her upcoming shows or to order the new disc, please visit her on the web at deedeebridgewater.com.
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