Duke Jazz Ensemble with Dee Dee Bridgewater, vocalist
Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 8:00pm
Few entertainers have ever commanded such depth of artistry in every medium as Dee Dee Bridgewater. Fewer still have been nominated for the London theater's West End equivalent, the Laurence Oliver Award (Best Actress in a Musical - Lady Day), won three Grammy® Awards and France's 1998 top honor Victoire de la Musique (Best Jazz Vocal Album). She captured the hearts of audiences worldwide in The Wiz with her signature song, "If You Believe." She made her New York debut in 1970 as the lead vocalist for the band led by Thad Jones and Mel Lewis, one of the premier jazz orchestras of the time. These New York years marked an early career in concerts and on recordings with such giants as Sonny Rollins, Dizzy Gillespie, Dexter Gordon, Max Roach and Roland Kirk. NPR's JazzSet© with Dee Dee Bridgewater is the jazz lover's ears and eyes on the world of live music. It presents today's best jazz artists in performance on stages around the world.