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Dee Dee Bridgewater

Dee Dee Bridgewater is an NEA Jazz Master

Few entertainers have ever commanded such depth of artistry in every medium. Fewer still have been rewarded with Broadway’s coveted Tony Award (Best Featured Actress in a Musical The Wiz), nominated for the London theater’s West End equivalent, the Laurence Oliver Award (Best Actress in a Musical Lady Day), won two Grammy® Awards (1998’s Best Jazz Vocal Performance and Best Arrangement Accompanying a Vocal for “Cottontail” Slide Hampton, arranger “Dear Ella “), and France’s 1998 top honor Victoire de la Musique (Best Jazz Vocal Album).

Denise Grant was born in Memphis on May 27, 1950. Her father Matthew was a trumpeteer and teacher; he exposed young Denise to his love of jazz at an early age. The youngster enjoyed the many records her father played her, especially those of Ella Fitzgerald, Miles Davis and Cannonball Adderley. By the age of 16 she was in a vocal trio that specialized in R&B and rock cover versions. The family had relocated to Clinton, Michigan and naturally an audition with nearby Motown was inevitable. But the label turned her down, not for her lack of talent, but because of the groups’ young age. When Denise was 18 years old, she attended Michigan State University and joined saxophonist Andy Courtridge's group. Then in 1969, she transferred to the University of Illinois, where she was noticed by John Garvey, the University's Jazz Band Director who hired her for a tour. In 1970, Denise met and married Cecil Bridgewater. After their marriage they moved to New York so Cecil could play in Horace Silver's band. Around this time Denise became known as Dee Dee.

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November 10, 2018

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Dee Dee Bridgewater goes back to Memphis

March 16, 2016

Jazz this week: Dee Dee Bridgewater & Irvin Mayfield, Tammy McCann, Joe...

March 05, 2016

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Dee Dee Bridgewater and Irvin Mayfield

April 22, 2015

Julio Iglesias, Doug Morris, Harvey Mason, Dee Dee Bridgewater To...

March 11, 2014

Dee Dee Bridgewater - June 9 - National Jazz Museum In Harlem Benefit...

September 06, 2013

Jessye Norman To Be Special Guest Host On WBGO Tuesday, 9/10, Noon

August 28, 2013

WBGO/Actors Fund Benefit: Lady Day W/dee Dee Bridgewater + Hostess...

March 19, 2013

Kuumbwa Jazz Celebrates International Jazz Day With Monterey Jazz...

March 18, 2013

Dee Dee Bridgewater To Star In Lady Day The Musical

August 03, 2012

Chihiro Yamanaka Trio On "Jazzset With Dee Dee Bridgewater"

July 18, 2012

JumpinJazz Kids - A Swinging Jungle Tale; Set For Release 9/25,...

May 27, 2012

Jazz Musician of the Day: Dee Dee Bridgewater

October 26, 2011

Grammy and Tony Award-winning Jazz Vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater appears...

September 24, 2011

Rockwired.com's Jazzed and Blue Presents Multi-Instrumental Jazz Artist...

August 22, 2011

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July 24, 2011

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June 26, 2011

Rockwired.com’s Latest Edition Of Jazzed And Blue Features Acclaimed...

June 01, 2011

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May 27, 2011

Jazz Musician of the Day: Dee Dee Bridgewater

January 13, 2011

Dee Dee Bridgewater Receives NAACP Image Award Nomination

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