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2017 Montclair Jazz Festival

Read "2017 Montclair Jazz Festival" reviewed by Richard Conde

The 8th annual 2017 Montclair Jazz festival in Nishuan Park in Montclair NJ came alive on August 12 with the sights and sounds of jazz. Actress S, Epatha Merkerson, from the hit TV series “Law and Order" was once again mistress of ceremonies along with WBGO Jazz 88.3 FM announcer Gary Walker. This festival had performances by Dee Dee Bridgewater and her Memphis Soulphony band, Cyrus Chestnut, Christian McBride situation band and the talented Jazz House Kids youth performers and ...

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Dee Dee Bridgewater, Irvin Mayfield & The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra: Dee Dee's Feathers

Read "Dee Dee's Feathers" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Much has been said and written about the resilience of the people, culture, and spirit of New Orleans, but the music that continues to come out of NOLA confirms that truth better than any speech or essay ever could. For the story of that fair city--good, bad, and bruised as it has been--can only truly be told, understood, and felt through the notes, grooves, parades, ceremonies, and street performances that pour through it. The musicians--not the politicians, orators, lecturers, and ...

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Dee Dee Bridgewater Brings Lady Day to Dusseldorf

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Dee Dee Bridgewater Tonhalle Dusseldorf, Germany March 2, 2010

Dee Dee Bridgewater and a stellar supporting band delivered a scintillating one-hour and forty-minute set that provided pitch perfect illustration, worthwhile reinterpretations, and a relevant history lesson.

The fans were primed for the course. It was the type of concert for which most patrons arrived sufficiently early to partake of the grape and make it a party. The hall Bridgewater charmed is probably better for ...

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Dee Dee Bridgewater: Dee Dee on Billie

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It is almost inevitable for most people to think of Billie Holiday as a wounded human being who suffered, struggled and eased her pain with drugs and song lyrics on her way to self destruction in 1959. In her greatness, Billie was as devastating and as devastated as a summer with no water. And yet her magnetism, her very soul picking through her vocal chords and reaching out to the world, her goodness as a citizen of a world that ...

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Dee Dee Bridgewater: Red Earth: A Malian Journey

Read "Red Earth: A Malian Journey" reviewed by Tom Greenland

Singer Dee Dee Bridgewater walks in with considerable credentials, including a hit list of Broadway accolades, an apprenticeship with the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra and a string of acclaimed straight-ahead albums, but Red Earth: A Malian Journey trumps them all. While world-beat listeners will recognize these grooves, Bridgewater brings her own experiences as an African-American woman back to the motherland for what can only be called a fusion of feeling. Enlisting the production talents of Cheick Tidiane ...

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Dee Dee Bridgewater: J'ai Deux Amours

Read "J'ai Deux Amours" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Every artist occasionally produces a lightweight work--and by lightweight, I do not mean necessarily bad. In fact, some of these efforts can be artistically very creative and satisfying. J'ai Deux Amours is definitely on the lighter side, and it's definitely quite enjoyable. Dee Dee Bridgewater chose a collection of French cabaret-style songs and a couple of standards (sung in French as well as the original English). She's is backed by a quartet of musicians playing accordion, guitar, bass and drums. ...

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Dee Dee Bridgewater: Live At Yoshi

Read "Live At Yoshi" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Power. Dee Dee Bridgewater is as formidable a vocalist as anyone singing. She is the Jackie Joiner of jazz vocalists. Her athletic style is infectious and she proves she is one of the few who jazz vocalists who can effectively scat and use other Betty Carter-like fireworks. Her scatting is superb, mimicking a trombone on “Stairway to the Stars” and a saxophone on “Cherokee”. Her ballad singing and upbeat singing are equal in intensity. She may be the best-rounded and ...

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Dee Dee Bridgewater: Dear Ella

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Jazz has many heroes and many legends. The largest of those legends need only one name for identification: Miles, Trane, Sonny, Brownie, Monk, Duke, Pres, and Dizzy to name just a few. Among singers, perhaps only one person's legend is large enough to require only one name: Ella. To attempt a tribute to Ms. Fitzgerald would be a daunting task for any musician, but for a young female singer it would seem a task, and responsibility, too large to handle. ...


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From Without You; a collection of 11 classic pop and jazz standards.

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