Dee Dee Bridgewater
There is just a handful of jazz vocalists who, at top international level, appeal to a wide public, way beyond the boundaries of the “traditional” jazz audience. Dee Dee Bridgewater is one such artist.
This year she brings to Kongsberg a project in which she returns to her musical roots – in Memphis, Tennessee.
Dee Dee Bridgewater is considered the obvious bearer of the legacy of Ella Fitzgerald, to whom she has also recorded a fantastic CD tribute: “Dear Ella”. Other vocalists who have influenced Bridgewater are Nancy Wilson, Nina Simone and Tina Turner – but she has definitively evolved into an artist with a strong personal voice. Like some of those who inspired her, her stage presence is outgoing and vital, and her performances pervaded by mood and temperament. She sings a huge range of repertoire: in addition to the traditional jazz repertoire, she has sung French chansons, been inspired by African music from Mali – and this year in Kongsberg we will hear her homage to the music she heard as a child in Memphis.
It will be a huge musical treat to hear the charismatic Dee Dee Bridgewater revel in the musical legacy of B. B. King, Otis Redding and many other great blues, R&B and soul artists.