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Dee Dee Bridgewater: Ella Fitzgerald's 100th Birthday

  • SFJAZZ, Miner Auditorium 201 Franklin Street San Francisco, CA, 94102 United States (map)

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In honor of the centennial of Ella Fitzgerald, the “First Lady of Song,” Dee Dee Bridgewater performs timeless songs associated with legendary singer, revisiting the arrangements penned by Lou Levy, Slide Hampton, Cecil Bridgewater and John Clayton for her star-studded 1997 Verve release Dear Ella. A heartfelt salute to Fitzgerald – an enormous influence who had passed the previous year – the album is a lush, large-ensemble session that boasted a lineup featuring veteran jazz giants Milt Jackson, Kenny Burrell, Ray Brown, and Grady Tate as well as the emerging generation of jazz masters including Antonio Hart and Teodross Avery. Dear Ella won Grammys for Best Jazz Vocal Album and Best Instrumental Arrangement. 

About Dee Dee Bridgewater:
Since she first gained recognition in the early 1970s with the great Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra Bridgewater has thrived wherever she’s landed, from Broadway, where she earned a Tony Award for her work in the original production of The Wiz, to Paris, where she spent more than a decade as France’s greatest champion of jazz. After moving back to the US in 1999 Bridgewater quickly regained visibility at home with a series of brilliant albums, while also hosting NPR’s syndicated radio show JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater.

Dee Dee Bridgewater vocals
Arthur Edmaiston tenor saxophone
Marc Franklin trumpet
Charlton Johnson guitar
Farindell Smith piano, organ
Barry Campbell bass
James Sexton drums

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