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Concert Review: 2017 NEA Jazz Masters Tribute

The interjection “Not to get political, but…” became a leitmotif in writer Gary Giddins’ speech honoring fellow critic Ira Gitler at the 2017 Jazz Masters tribute concert (held for a second year at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.). Not getting political was a difficult undertaking at the 35th anniversary of the National Endowment for the … Read More “Concert Review: 2017 NEA Jazz Masters Tribute”

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Free Kennedy Center Concert Honors 2017 NEA Jazz Masters

On Monday, April 3 at 7:30 p.m., a free concert honoring the 2017 NEA Jazz Masters will take place at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. This year’s award recipients include vocalist and producer Dee Dee Bridgewater, author and educator Ira Gitler, bassist and composer Dave Holland, keyboardist and … Read More “Free Kennedy Center Concert Honors 2017 NEA Jazz Masters”

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Dee Dee Bridgewater, Irvin Mayfield & the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra: Dee Dee’s Feathers

It takes a keen-eared, fluidly adaptive performer to capture both the breadth and subtleties that define New Orleans’ musical landscape. Dee Dee Bridgewater, though born in a far different music hotbed, Memphis, and raised in Michigan, is just such an artist, demonstrating uncannily chameleonic interpretive skills across this 14-song salute. Of course, it helps immensely … Read More “Dee Dee Bridgewater, Irvin Mayfield & the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra: Dee Dee’s Feathers”

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

A quarter-century ago, Dee Dee Bridgewater paid homage to the sound and style of Billie Holiday with the acclaimed stage production Lady Day, based on Holiday’s autobiography. Since she was actually portraying Holiday, it was necessary for Bridgewater to be vocally imitative—and what a fine mimic she was. Now, with Bridgewater having advanced from Holiday … Read More “Dee Dee Bridgewater: Eleanora Fagan (1915-1959): To Billie With Love From Dee Dee”

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