Dee Dee Bridgewater
There is a small group of female jazz vocalists who are at the top of the international leveland that has reached a large audience – far beyond the ordinary jazz audience. Dee Dee Bridgewater is definitely one of these. Now she comes to Kongsberg jazz festival with her Memphis project where she returns to her musical roots in Memphis, Tennessee.
Dee Dee Bridgewater is considered the obvious carry-on of the legacy of Ella Fitzgerald, and she has also made an excellent tribute CD to Ella: “Dear Ella”. Other vocalists who have influenced Bridgwater, are Nancy Wilson, Nina Simone and Tina Turner, but she has definitely evolved into a highly personal artist. Like some of her inspirers, she has an outgoing and vital stage performance, characterized by mood and temperament. The repertoire has a great range. In addition to a traditional jazz repertoire, she has sung French chansons, was inspired by African music from Mali and ended up paying homage to the music she heard as a child in Memphis.
It is this tribute we hear in Kongsberg. It is a true musical sting to hear the charismatic Dee Dee Bridgewater revels in the musical legacy of B. B. King, Otis Redding and many other blues, R&B and soul artists.