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Dee Dee Bridgewater: Drama Queen

Dee Dee Bridgewater and Billie Holiday share a surprising kinship. But can Bridgewater, a madcap, theatrical vocalist, pay convincing homage to Lady Day, jazz’s most mythologized singer?

Dee Dee Bridgewater


If there was only one word to describe Dee Dee Bridgewater, it would be that one-in all caps, italicized with an exclamation point. Whenever she graces the stage, she pushes the envelope through her dramatic interpretations, virtuosic scatting and daring showmanship. Sometimes, Bridgewater’s act-which, if the right mood hits her, features salacious dancing and randy repartee-sends the singer’s audience into a mild state of hysteria.

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