Dee Dee Bridgewater

Dee Dee Bridgewater

Some critics see in Dee Dee Bridgewater to Betty Carter, the legitimate successor of the jazz legend Ella Fitzgerald. It actually belongs to the most accomplished singers of the middle generation, which combines a strong sense of swing with unusual musicality and plentiful darstellerischem talent. Bridgewater is one of the great entertainers of the international jazz scene, together with her at the same time light and dark voice and jovial scat skills a successful combination of classic bebop schools with links to both the ease Anita O'Day and Sarah Vaughan's intensity.

Dee Dee Bridgewater was born on 27 May 1950 as Denise Garrett in Memphis and raised in Flint, Michigan on. Both the grandmother and her mother had been successful as singers and dancers and had passed their talent to the daughter. Early showed Denise vocal talent and was initially of 1966 in local clubs as soul and jazz singer on. First major engagements have brought together in 1968 with saxophonist Andy Goodrich and the band from Michigan State University, in whose ranks they participated among others in the festival of the University of Illinois. Along with John Garvey she undertook a Russia tour, and got to the 1969 trumpeter Cecil Bridgewater, whom she married soon after.

Around 1970, the young singer landed in New York and slowly but steadily worked his way into the local Modern jazz and soul scene inside. From 1972 onwards they could be as part of the Thad Jones / Mel Lewis Big Band experience, soon after it was praised by the press as one of the upcoming talents. She sang on Broadway in the musical "The Wiz" (1975), for it has been awarded a Tony Award, and began increasingly to succeed as a studio musician. In these years could experience Bridgewater, among other things on the side of Pharoah Sanders, Roland Kirk or Stanley Clarke, Moreover, in 1974 with "Afro blue" dared her debut as a solo artist. FOr "Just Family" (1978) it has already acquired Clarke and pianist Chick Corea as sidemen, the same year she festival of press and public was held at the Newport Jazz.

During the eighties, Bridgewater which retained its name even after the separation from her husband developed to one of the most booked artists of soulful swinging mainstream. She left after successes in Grande Parade de Jazz in Nice in 1986 settled in Paris, where he made a talking point for her role in the play "Lady Day" and made the final breakthrough with the award-winning album "Live in Paris" (1986 ). From there, they became known as the actual jazz singer a large audience, also met her second husband know and remained for fifteen years the French adopted home faithful until they moved in 2001 in the vicinity of Las Vegas to close as a family man her also living there mother to be.

About the nineties across managed Bridgwater, enhance its reputation as a classical jazz entertainer with numerous plates. "Keeping Tradition" (1994) was awarded the Django D'Or, the Tribute to Horace Silver "Love And Peace" (1995) turned out to be bestsellers out and fOr "Dear Ella" (1997) they even got a Grammy Presented. With "Live At Yoshi's" (2000) she made a series of successful club appearances from 1998 together and "this Is New" (2002) presented them as inspired interpreter of the Song Books by Kurt Weill. The following year was given by the Kennedy Center in Washington the task of drawing up a program of French songs, which was listed there in early 2004 to great acclaim. So the idea of ​​a tribute album "J'ai deux Amours" came to her years in Paris (2005) record, with which Bridgewater as swing jazz border chansonière in Musette-tinted cast among others, Marc Berthoumieux accordion again on fOr they new musical territory dared.

07/2005

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