Coast Community Radio : : JazzSet ~ DeeDee Bridgewater
The jazz lover's ears on the world of live music.

on air: Saturdays from 7:00-8:00pm and Sundays from
5:00-6:00am, on KCPB 90.9fm.

listen on demand:  Through the JazzSet website.
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Dee Dee made her phenomenal New York debut in 1970 as the lead vocalist
for the band led by Thad Jones and Mel Lewis, one of the premier jazz
orchestras of the time. These New York years marked an early career in
concerts and on recordings with such giants as Sonny Rollins, Dizzy
Gillespie, Dexter Gordon, Max Roach and Roland Kirk, and rich experiences
with Norman Connors, Stanley Clarke and Frank Foster's Loud Minority.
   Only a handful of entertainers have ever commanded such depth of
artistry in every medium. Fewer still have won a Tony, two Grammy's, and
the top musical honor in France -- the Victoire de la Musique -- plus been
nominated for London theater's Laurence Oliver Award. Dee Dee captured
the hearts of audiences worldwide in The Wiz with her signature song, "If
You Believe." Nick Ashford of Ashford and Simpson said Dee Dee's rendition
"personified a generation and gave us all hope."
   As a sparkling ambassador for jazz, she bathed in its music before she
could walk. Her mother played the greatest albums of Ella Fitzgerald, whose
artistry provided an inspiration for Dee Dee throughout her career. Her
father was a trumpeter who taught music to Booker Little, Charles Lloyd and
George Coleman, among others. It's the kind of background that leaves its
mark on an adolescent, especially one who appeared solo and with a trio as
soon as she was able.
                                                           --from the JazzSet website