As a female African-American artist who found acceptance in France before her native U.S., Bridgewater has had a career that closely mirrors that of 1920s singer and dancer Josephine Baker.
For this night, Bridgewater performs music closely associated with Baker as well as the popular French chanson singers of the era including Edith Piaf, Mistinguett, and Charles Trenet—music she released as homage to Baker and her adopted France on her 2005 album J’ai deux Amours, named for the song Baker made her own.
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