The Detroit Jazz Pageant Basis proudly presents the Grammy and Tony-award successful jazz vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater as its Artist-in-Residence for the 2020 Detroit Jazz Pageant.
Because the 2020 Artist-in-Residence, Bridgewater will assist Detroit Jazz Pageant Basis academic clinics for college kids and neighborhood engagements throughout the area all year long along with main a number of numerous performances throughout Labor Day Weekend. Nonetheless, the March 23 fundraiser on the Soiled Canine Jazz Café the place Bridgewater was set to carry out has been cancelled as a result of COVID-19 considerations.
“Dee Dee Bridgewater’s timeless voice, legendary profession accomplishments and indomitable spirit are what makes her such a particular choice for our Artist-in-Residence this 12 months,” mentioned Chris Collins, president and inventive director of the Detroit Jazz Pageant Basis. “We’re excited to have Dee Dee, a real and treasured jazz vocalist, headline what will likely be one other distinctive exhibiting of Detroit’s jazz reward to the world.”
Over the course of a multifaceted profession spanning 4 a long time, iconic jazz big Dee Dee Bridgewater has ascended to the higher echelon of vocalists, placing her distinctive spin on requirements, in addition to taking intrepid leaps of religion in re-envisioning jazz classics. Ever the fearless voyager, explorer, pioneer and keeper of custom, the three-time Grammy winner most not too long ago received the Grammy for Finest Jazz Vocal Album for Eleanora Fagan (1915-1959): To Billie With Love From Dee Dee.
Bridgewater’s profession has at all times bridged musical genres. She earned her first skilled expertise as a member of the legendary Thad Jones/Mel Louis Massive Band, and all through the 70’s she carried out with such jazz notables as Max Roach, Sonny Rollins, Dexter Gordon and Dizzy Gillespie.
Bridgewater additionally pursued a parallel profession in musical theater, successful a Tony Award for her function as “Glinda” within the The Wiz in 1975. She not too long ago accomplished a run because the lead function of Billie Vacation within the off-Broadway manufacturing of Girl Day, for which Bridgewater acquired the British Laurence Olivier nomination for greatest actress in a musical. Her different theatrical credit embrace Refined Women, Black Ballad and Carmen.
As a Goodwill Ambassador to the United Nations’ Meals and Agriculture Group (FAO), Bridgewater continues to enchantment for worldwide solidarity to finance world grassroots initiatives within the struggle in opposition to world starvation.
The Detroit Jazz Pageant will likely be held in downtown Detroit on Sept. 4 – 7.
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