Dee Dee Bridgewater sings Kurt Weil
New Orleans Jazz - Hot Club - Swing - Vocal Jazz
Andre Ceccarelli, Daniele Scannapieco, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Ira Coleman, Louis Winsberg, Mininio Garay, Nicolas Folmer, Phil Abraham, Thierry Eliez.
Fri 12 July 2002 20:00 - 21:15 PWA Hall
Charismatic vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater starts her singing career during the 1970s in New York. By performing with big names like Max Roach, Pharoah Sanders and the big band of Thad Jones and Mel Lewis she gradually earns the reputation of one of the great promises of vocal jazz. Still the Memphis, Tennessee born Bridgewater looks for a new challenge and moves on to theatre, where she performs in musicals. The winning of a Tony Award for her role as Glinda in 'The Wiz' proves that she also masters theatre. But blood is thicker than water. Bridgewater is called back to jazz and consecutively releases four beautiful albums: 'Keeping Tradition', 'Love and Peace', 'Prelude to a Kiss' and 'Dear Ella'. The last one mentioned even earns her a Grammy. After four years on the road with the repertoire of Ella Fitzgerald, a show which has been widely acclaimed, the singer is a bit tired of jazz. Last year she recorded music by German composer Kurt Weill, whom she greatly admires. On the CD ' This Is New' Bridgewater shows that she did not forget her old, theatrical Broadway-skills. The singer is exuberant, warm and free, perfectly set as an example by the sparkling ' I'm A Stranger Here Myself'.