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.
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