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Dee Dee Bridgewater

One of the best jazz singers of her generation, Dee Dee Bridgewater had to move to France to find herself. She performed in Michigan during the '60s and toured the Soviet Union in 1969 with the University of Illinois Big Band. She sang with the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis orchestra (1972-1974) and appeared in the Broadway musical The Wiz (1974-1976). Due to erratic records and a lack of direction, Bridgewater was largely overlooked in the jazz world by the time she moved to France in the '80s. She appeared in the show Lady Day and at European jazz festivals, and eventually formed her own backup group. By the late '80s, Bridgewater's Verve recordings started to alert American listeners to her singing talents. Her 1995 Horace Silver tribute disc (Love and Peace) was a gem, and resulted in the singer extensively touring the U.S, reintroducing herself to American audiences. She found even more success with another tribute album, Dear Ella, which won a Grammy in 1997. This Is New, released in 2002, featured Bridgewater singing Kurt Weill songs, while 2005's J'ai Deux Amours found her tackling French classics. For 2010's Eleanora Fagan (1917-1959): To Billie with Love from Dee Dee, Bridgewater moved from Verve to Decca/Emarcy, and offered her versions of several songs associated with Billie Holiday. She followed this in August 2011 with her sophomore effort for the label: a compilation collection of jazz standards entitled Midnight Sun, with tunes from previous albums ranging from "Angel Eyes" to Horace Silver's "Lonely Woman." In 2014, she produced and appeared on trumpeter Theo Croker's album, Afro Physicist. Bridgewater's 2015 effort, Dee Dee's Feathers, found her paying homage to the history of New Orleans, as well as marking the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. A collaboration between Bridgewater, New Orleans trumpeter Irvin Mayfield, and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, the album also featured appearances from such New Orleans luminaries as keyboardist Dr. John and percussionist Bill Summers. ~ Scott Yanow
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Midnight Sun

1. Midnight Sun

2. Angel Eyes

3. My Ship

4. Que Reste-T-Il?

5. Lonely Woman

6. Speak Low

7. I'm A Fool To Want You/I Fall In Love Too Easily

8. L'hymne A L'amour

9. The Island

10. Good Morning Heartache

11. Here I'll Stay

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Track List: Red Earth - A Malian Journey

1. Afro Blue

2. Bad Spirits (Bani)

3. Dee Dee

4. Mama Don't Ever Go Away (Mama Digna Sara Ye)

5. Footprints

6. Children Go 'round (Demissenw)

7. The Griots (Sakhodougou)

8. Oh My Love (Dj Arabi)

9. Four Women

10. No More (Bambo)

11. Red Earth (Massane Cisse)

12. Meanwhile

13. Compared To What

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Track List: This Is New

1. This Is New

2. Lost In The Stars

3. Bilbao Song

4. My Ship

5. Alabama Song

6. The Saga Of Jenny

7. Youkali

8. I'm A Stranger Here Myself

9. Speak Low

10. September Song

11. Here I'll Say

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Track List: Dear Ella

1. A-Tisket, A -Tasket

2. Mack The Knife

3. Undecided

4. Midnight Sun

5. Let's Do It (Let's Fall In Love)

6. How High The Moon

7. If You Can't Sing It, You'll Have To Swing It (Mr. Paganini)

8. Cotton Tail

9. My Heart Belongs To Daddy

10. (I'd Like To Get You On A) Slow Boat To China

11. Oh, Lady Be Good!

12. Stairway To The Stars

13. Dear Ella

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Track List: Love And Peace

1. Permit Me To Introduce You To Yourself

2. Nica's Dream

3. The Tokyo Blues

4. Pretty Eyes

5. Saint Vitus Dance

6. You Happened My Way

7. Soulville

8. Filthy McNasty

9. Song For My Father

10. Doodlin'

11. Lonely Woman

12. The Jody Grind

13. Blowin' The Blues Away

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Track List: In Montreux

1. All Of Me

2. How Insensitive (Insensatez)

3. Just Friends

4. A Child Is Born

5. Strange Fruit

6. Night In Tunisia

7. Horace Silver Medley: A.Sister Sadie B. Next Time I Fall In Love C. Senor Blues

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Track List: Eleanora Fagan: To Billie With Love From...

1. Lady Sings The Blues

2. All Of Me

3. Good Morning Heartache

4. Lover Man

5. You've Changed

6. Miss Brown To You

7. Don't Explain

8. Fine And Mellow

9. Mother's Son-In-Law

10. God Bless The Child

11. Foggy Day

12. Strange Fruit

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Track List: Keeping Tradition

1. Just One Of Those Things

2. Fascinating Rhythm

3. The Island

4. Angel Eyes

5. What Is This Thing Called Love?

6. Les Feuilles Mortes - Autumn Leaves

7. I'm A Fool To Want You - I Fall In Love Too Easily (Medley)

8. Lullaby Of Birdland

9. What A Little Moonlight Can Do

10. Love Vibrations

11. Polka Dots And Moonbeams (Around A Pug-nosed Dream)

12. Sister Sadie

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My GOD, she's good!
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Speak Low is one my favorites by Dee Dee.
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I met Mrs. Bridgewater at the Newark airport as a TSA Officer. None of my co workers knew who she was and neither did I. However, the name on the ticket rang a bell as I am a WBGO listener and fan. I smiled and asked sincerely why the name was so familiar and she clued me in. We then proceeded to have a great conversation and I was delighted. Beautiful person.
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I had the pleasure of seeing Dee Dee for the first time at Townhall in NYC a few years ago. Amazing, awesome performer! Sorry I missed out all these years.
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great voice..... Smooth as silk........ love listening to her.....
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Sun
I was a musician around the time of her stay at the University of Illinois in Champaign.
Check out her first album. The world totally missed out on this Sister for a long time. She was and is one of the best. Do it DEE DEE.
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DeeDee is a towering voice in the Jazz world! If she comes to your town GO HEAR HER LIVE!!!! Her live CD Live @ Yoshi's gives some indication, but nothing replaces hearing and seeing this talented woman work a room and have her way with a wide repretory. THE BEST Love
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Wow Dee Dee your voice is amazing
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Her voice reflects a soulful personality.
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Lovely song! Lovely voice!
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SHE SINGS THE HELL OUT OF THIS SONG THE GOOD LIF (LAbELLE vIA)
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It's my brother's fault, love you girl and everything jazz go girl
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sam.herron4
loving hearing her for the first itme
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symonslosang e l e s
I just heard her in the car while I was driving and loved her so I came home and found her immediately on Pandora. I can't believe I haven't heard of her. Another amazing and talented artist shunned by her countryfello w . It wasn't a popular jazz station I was listening to in LA in my car. Regardless I love her and so glad she's on Pandora. And I'm so glad you're here Pandora. I love you so much!!!
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I love her style. Her voice is one is a class by itself. She makes me want to go and study jazz and attempt to be something like her. She can sing and carry her voice to different ranges and sound so sexy doing whatever she wants to achieve. This is what I call natural talent. Go girl.
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She performed on Italian TV in the late eighties with Ray Charles - Festival of San Remo. I thought she was famous in the States. Interesting to discover she wasn't yet.! I enjoy her music.
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Saw her at The Merriam in Philly last week with The Monteray Jazz fest band, This band is a must see!
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amaloo vavoo
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Go DeeDee go! Scat like Ella... smokin.
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I remember her from her University of Illinois days. Since then she has continued with her abundant and exceptional talent. It's wonderful to have her back in the States. DeeDee, We love you. Gwen
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Wow! She can scat!
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Heard her on Sirius radio but I haven't been familiar with her singing talent till now. Great voice and delivery with a style of her own...
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This artist has it going on!
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vmw1031
Love Dee Dee, she gets better with time, upholding jazz traditions, while creating, collaboratin g and putting her unique spin on the music.
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the name of it is just family
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What can I say, She does it for me!!!
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ba9crane
I think it's JUST FAMILY - go to amazon.com and search for her albums - each has the photo and on this album cover she's pregnent.
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ba9crane
Must be one of these :
1974 Afro Blue
1976 Dee Dee Bridgewater
1977 Just Family
1979 Bad for Me
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blkkal0
tring 2 find her alumb from 70s,with her pregnent on cover.The name of it?
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Maybe Today is my favorite.... s h e was on the album cover naked & pregnant with her daughter years ago....way before any other did that Dee Dee had.....
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tonio884
Just Family is my favorite!! check it out. nice intro to her music
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If I've heard Ms. Bridgewater sing before I must have either been too young to appreciate her gift or too naive, because as I was just introduces or reintroduced to her through "Stairway to the Stars" I see that I have a lot to catch up on!
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A class act... She's growin' on me...
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doggiedaddy2 3 3
I had her first..I think album in the 70's titled Dee Dee Bridgewater with remakes of "My Prayer" and "She's (He's) Gone". Absoluteley incredible voice. I'd give anything to find this album again. Love you, Ms. Bridgewater!
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I still have the album cover! Saw her a few years back in Denver, i was just thrilled to know she's still performing and looking great.
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very mellow and smooth
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donita.j.mar t i n o - g a r r i s o n
Ms. DeeDee Bridgewater has a beautiful voice, I am going out to buy her CD today "J'ai Deux Amours" - luv the song Que Reste Il De Nos Amours - thank you, thank you!
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earlwiggs10
AWESOME!!!! CASE CLOSED...... B Y E
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In the '70s she had a hit with the album "Just Family" where in the album cover she was pregnant (and in silhouette). It had the songs, "Maybe Today", Elton John's "Sorry Seems to be the Saddest Word" and others. Showed incredible range and diversity. Very nice.
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I would like to hear Dee Dee Bridgewater singing Song for my father please!!!!
I'm having difficulty accessing it.
Thank you!
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Dee Dee Bridgewater Has other recording well beyoud the 90's like in 70's
I would love to hear some of those recordinds I do not know the title of the recordings but she was pregnant on a sand dune on the front cover of the album

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