Dee Dee Bridgewater

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Dee Dee Bridgewater and Dianne Reeves
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Jon Irabagon performs with Dee Dee Bridgewater; Oct. 26, 2008, Los Angeles
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Dee Dee Bridgewater and students from the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance lead a master class for Beijing’s aspiring young musicians at the National Center for the Performing Arts on Monday, May 10, 2010
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Herbie Hancock and Dee Dee Bridgewater headlined a rare jazz concert at Beijing’s Forbidden City Concert Hall on May 11, accompanied by the talented college students (Monk Fellows)
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Herbie Hancock and Dee Dee Bridgewater headlined a concert at Beijing’s Forbidden City Concert Hall, accompanied by the six college students who attend the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance program at Loyola University New Orleans
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Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Chairman Herbie Hancock, Institute President Tom Carter, vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater, and students from the Institute’s Jazz Performance program gave a press conference before two concerts at the Shanghai 2010 Expo
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Dee Dee Bridgewater, Herbie Hancock and the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance students visited the Great Wall of China during a U.S. Department of State Cultural and Education Tour of China, May 7 - 16, 2010
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Dee Dee Bridgewater and the Thelonious Monk Institute Ensemble performed to a capacity audience at Beijing’s Forbidden City Concert Hall during a recent U.S. Department of State Cultural and Education Tour of China
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Dee Dee Bridgewater and Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance student bassist Hogyu Hwang delivered an exuberant performance at Beijing’s Forbidden City Concert Hall during a recent U.S. Department of State Cultural and Education Tour of China
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Competition judges: Dee Dee Bridgewater, Al Jarreau, Dianne Reeves, Patti Austin, Kurt Elling
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Dee Dee Bridgewater at Monk Institute Gala
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Dee Dee Bridgewater, winner of the "Jazz Vocalist Award," from the Los Angeles Jazz Society, and Linda Hopkins
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Dee Dee Bridgewater in performance at 2012 Puerto Rico Heineken Jazz Festival
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Dee Dee Bridgewater and Russ Davis

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A performer who always puts on an exciting and extroverted show, Dee Dee Bridgewater has been a major jazz singer since at least the late 1980s and has had a wide-ranging career. Born and raised in Memphis, Bridgewater had a father who was a trumpeter and a music teacher. She performed in Michigan in the 1960s and toured the Soviet Union in 1969 with the University Of Illinois Big Band. After marrying trumpeter Cecil Bridgewater, she moved to New York in 1970. Dee Dee sang with the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra and with such notables as Sonny Rollins, Dizzy Gillespie, Dexter Gordon, Max Roach and Rahsaan Roland Kirk.

In 1974 she switched careers, singing and acting on Broadway as Glinda the Good Witch in The Wiz. She spent years as an actress in a variety of productions including playing Billie Holiday in Lady Day, and had commercial success with her R&B-oriented recordings. While living in France in the late 1980s, she returned to the jazz world, appearing at festivals and forming her own group. Her recordings since then have included an innovative tribute to Horace Silver’s music (Love And Peace), Dear Ella, the songs of Kurt Weill (This Is New), a thank you to the people of France (J’ai Deux Amours), and her latest, a groundbreaking set of adaptations of music inspired by Mali (Red Earth). In addition to her singing, Dee Dee Bridgewater is the host of the NPR syndicated radio series Jazz Set with Dee Dee Bridgewater, and she is a United Nations ambassador for the Food and Agriculture Organization.

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Articles on Dee Dee Bridgewater

12/02/13    Features    By Jeff Tamarkin

Review: Dee Dee Bridgewater as Billie Holiday

09/27/13    On the Scene with MOJA    By Russ Davis

Dee Dee & Billie (Bridgewater & Holiday): Two Of A Kind

03/18/13    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

Dee Dee Bridgewater to Star as Billie Holiday on Broadway

08/06/12    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

Dee Dee Bridgewater, Al Jarreau and Hubert Laws on Upcoming Children’s CD

04/10/12    Concerts    By Wilbert Sostre

The Puerto Rico Heineken Jazz Fest: March 29 - April 1,2012

02/02/12    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

Dee Dee Bridgewater & Roy Haynes to Headline Portland Jazz Festival

10/27/11    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

Dee Dee Bridgewater Appears at United Nations World Food Day

10/08/11    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

Michael Feinstein to Host Gershwin Tribute

09/30/11    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

2012 Portland Jazz Festival Headliners Announced

08/16/11    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Celebrates 25th Anniversary

07/27/11    News    By Cathy Passeri

Kennedy Center Releases CD from Mary Lou Williams Tribute Show

05/06/11    News    By Lee Mergner

Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Fest to Salute Abbey Lincoln

10/12/10    News    By Lee Mergner

Los Angeles Jazz Society Honors Poncho Sanchez at Annual Gala

05/19/10    Photos    By JazzTimes

Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz in China

April 2010    Vox    By Christopher Loudon

Eleanora Fagan (1915-1959): To Billie With Love From Dee Dee
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April 2010    Vox    By Christopher Loudon

Eleanora Fagan (1915-1959): To Billie With Love From Dee Dee
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March 2010    JT Notes    By Evan Haga

The Entertainers

March 2010    Farewells    By Dee Dee Bridgewater

Eartha Kitt

02/01/10    Features    By John Murph

Dee Dee Bridgewater: Drama Queen

11/23/09    News    By Lee Mergner

Panama Jazz Festival, Under Direction of Danilo Perez, Announces Lineup for 2010

09/24/09    News    By Lee Mergner

The Kennedy Center Announces 2009-2010 Jazz Season

05/08/09    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival Next Weekend

04/01/09    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

Monterey Jazz Festival Announces Headliners

03/03/09    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

Month-long ‘Honor!’ Series at Carnegie Hall Pays Tribute to African-American Music

January/February 2009    News    By Don Heckman

Monk Institute Saxophone Competition

December 2008    News    By George Varga

Jazz for Obama: Democratic Jazz Party

11/12/08    Concerts    By Evan Haga

Tranquility Jazz Festival

11/05/08    Concerts    By Don Heckman

Monk Sax Competition & B.B. King Tribute

10/29/08    Concerts    By Evan Haga

Duke Ellington Jazz Festival: Jazz on the Mall

06/27/08    Concerts    By Chris Walker

Playboy Jazz Festival

November 2007    Artist Profiles    By Andrew Gilbert

Dee Dee Bridgewater: Finding Africa

05/15/06    Concerts    By Larry Appelbaum

Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival 2006

02/28/06    By Doug Ramsey

Concerts — May 2006

December 2005    Features    By Andrew Gilbert

Dee Dee Bridgewater: Le Lush Life

November 2005    Albums    By Christopher Loudon

J’ai Deux Amours
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November 2005    Albums    By Christopher Loudon

J’ai Deux Amours
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09/21/05    Concerts    By Larry Appelbaum

Thelonious Monk International Jazz Guitar Competition

06/14/05    Concerts    By Chris Walker

Playboy Jazz Festival 2005

09/16/04    Concerts    By Larry Appelbaum

25th Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocals Competition

05/15/04    Concerts    By Ken Franckling

Dee Dee Bridgewater in Boston

December 2003    Features    By Lara Pellegrinelli

Singing for Our Supper

March 2003    Final Chorus    By Nat Hentoff

Purging Jazz From Public Radio

09/26/02    Concerts    By Ira Gitler

Fats Navarro Headstone Dedication and Tribute

September 2002    Albums    By Christopher Loudon

This Is New
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09/06/00    Concerts    By Doug Ramsey

Vail Jazz Festival 2000

May 2000    Albums    By Joel Siegel

Live at Yoshi's
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December 1999    Photos    By JazzTimes

Indelible Images VI

January/February 1998    Albums    By Bill Bennett

Dear Ella
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March 1997    Albums    By Marcela Breton

Prelude to a Kiss: The Duke Ellington Album
Dee Dee Bridgewater and The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra

Albums

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Dear Ella

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Prelude to a Kiss: The Duke Ellington Album

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Live at Yoshi's

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This Is New

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J’ai Deux Amours

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Eleanora Fagan (1915-1959): To Billie With Love From Dee Dee

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