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Women in blues - Dee Dee Bridgewater

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Dee Dee BridgewaterA special jazz event recorded live at the Roman Theater in Verona with three of the most famous jazz women on the International scenery.
The full video recording features:
Voices: Dee Dee Bridgewater, Margie Evans, Katie Webster, Philip Fankhauser
Piano: Alan Jean Marie, Stefna Dorner, Katie Webster
Guitar: Markus Graf
Bass: Michele Porto
Double-bass: Hein Van De Gueyen
Drums: Nick Graf, Andrea Ceccarelli
Sax: Rolf Hasler
Trumpet: Juan Munguia, Bernard Schoch
(C) 2004 Multigram Srl Italy

Bridgewater was born Denise Garrett on May 27, 1950, in Memphis, Tennessee. Her father, Matthew Garrett, was a prominent trumpet player in the Memphis jazz scene, and had worked as a sideman with the likes of Nat (King) Cole. When Dee Dee—Denise’s nickname since infancy—was three years old, the family moved to Flint, Michigan, where Matthew opted for the security of a teaching job. The Bridgewaters remained in Flint for the rest of Dee Dee’s childhood.

While her friends listened to the pop hits of the day, Garrett immersed herself in jazz at home. Among the many vocalists she admired, Garrett’s favorite was Nancy Wilson. She plastered her room with photographs of Wilson and taught herself to mimic Wilson’s style. Garrett formed a vocal trio called the Irridescents while she was still in high school, but that group was shortlived. After her graduation in 1968, she enrolled at Michigan State University. It was there that Garrett began to bloom as a performer, working college clubs and jazz festivals with a quintet led by saxophonist Andy Goodrich.

Tags: jazz vocal, blues

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