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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

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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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