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      Dee Dee Bridgewater

      Dee Dee Bridgewater

      At the roots of jazz and blues
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      Dee Dee Bridgewater never stops renewing herself, surprising each time an audience that asks for more, ready to follow her in all her eccentricities, impossible quests and musical journeys. If the singer with her deep voice, overwhelming emotions and powerful rhythm was already a jazz diva, she has, for the past few years, decided to operate in a new register. That of the blues, which she has long refused to explore.


      It was her mother who forbade her to sing this music that was synonymous for her with debauchery, alcohol and poverty. Yet by secretly listening to the sounds that called her to her roots, Dee Dee Bridgewater already knew that these songs would set her completely free.

       
      Bursting with laughter like thunder, fiery temperament and communicative energy as a banner, she embarked on a journey that was as much about initiation as it was about geography in search of her origins. African at first by going to Senegal and Mali, then from the south of the United States, spending time in the city of Memphis where she lived her early years. Each time, she listens, learns, creates and is inspired by her own journey to talk about universal issues: the quest for identity, uprooting, social struggles.

       
      Committed since her beginnings to civil rights in the USA, often close to the Black Panther movement and a fervent admirer of Angela Davis, she now tells the story of African-American history, racism, her femininity but also Love. And she has a lot of it! Despite the years, the artist on stage is more sensual than ever. She grooves, she dances, she no longer refuses anything and propagates, as always, an explosive and communicative happiness.

      Highlights

      1971
      Dee Dee Bridgewater jazzwoman
      Copyright Philippe Pierangeli

      Dee Dee Bridgewater jazzwoman

      Young Denise grew up in a world dedicated to jazz. Although this would change in the course of her career, she made her father, a trumpet player and music teacher, a role model. Following in his footsteps, in 1971 she joined Thad Jones and Mel Lewis' band as a singer. She gained valuable experience and three years later released her first eponymous, soul and funk oriented album.

      1984

      Dee Dee Bridgewater the Parisian

      In the 70's and 80's, she played in several musicals that would lead her to Paris, where she decided to settle. She stayed in France for almost 20 years, falling in love with a Frenchman. An album in which the singer expresses herself in the language of Molière, J'ai Deux Amours (2005), was released.

      1990
      Dee Dee Bridgewater the diva
      Copyright Mark Higashino

      Dee Dee Bridgewater the diva

      The 90s marked the beginning of the dazzling success of the woman who would become a reference singer in the world of jazz. By performing Precious Things with Ray Charles, she achieved a recognition and consecration never before known. A commercial success that will never be denied again !

      1999
      Dee Dee Bridgewater the Ambassador
      Copyright Mark Higashino

      Dee Dee Bridgewater the Ambassador

      Committed from the outset to fighting the social inequalities and racism that she suffers doubly as a black woman, she became involved at the international level in 1999. She then became a goodwill ambassador for the UN, for food and agriculture.

      2017
      Dee Dee Bridgewater mistress of the blues

      Dee Dee Bridgewater mistress of the blues

      The year 2017 marks a turning point in the singer's career. While she had always refused to produce blues, she finally embraces her roots with the album Memphis... Yes, I'm Ready. A title in the form of a claim and a liberation for the artist in a style tailored to her.

      Testimonials

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        Wow! All dressed in red, right down to her hat, which she'll eventually get rid of, Dee Dee is a real whirlwind. In her early sixties, she will electrify the stage, singing, dancing, screaming! She offers us a superb duet with Captain Kirk and at the end, Black Thought will give the impression of a shy little boy refusing what looked like a verbal joust. Touching and powerful ! 

        Quentin, after a concert in New York

        Between us and France's lover Dee Dee Bridgewater, it's a story that lasts and fills us with happiness. Her words for a better world, her fruitful search for forgotten origins, her prodigious energy and her joie de vivre take us to each concert in a dancing whirlwind of happiness. Without exaggerating the line, we can certainly say that we have before us an immense lady of jazz and blues.

        Dee Dee Bridgewater's latest recital, Memphis is a soul & blues feast, a total celebration, a lesson in civics and a monument to soul & blues music. The so francophile jazz singer, ends her eminently theatrical show with a scoundrel: "So ! Are you shocked that your jazz singer has returned to the blues ? "Oh, not in the least. Again and again ! 

        Le Monde

      Archives

      2019
      2 concerts
      • 29 Mar
        Megève
        Megève Jazz Festival
      • 02 Jul
        Saint-Riquier
        Festival de Saint-Riquier
      2018
      3 concerts
      • 04 Aug
        Sète
        Festival Fiest'A Sète
      • 05 Aug
        Aix-en-Provence
        Festival de Jazz
      • 06 Aug
        Saint Tropez
        Festival LEs Nuits du Chateau de la Moutte
      2017
      8 concerts
      • 09 Jun
        Seignosse
        Les Bourdaines
      • 10 Jun
        Montereau
        Festival Confluences
      • 06 Jul
        Cognac
        Festival Blues Passion
      • 30 Jul
        Marciac
        Jazz in Marciac
      • 28 Oct
        Hem
        Le Zephyr
      • 07 Nov
        Paris
        La Cigale
      • 10 Nov
        Conflans-Sainte-Honorine
        Théatre Simone Signoret
      • 11 Nov
        Sainte-Maxime
        Le Carré
      2016
      6 concerts
      • 04 May
        Coutances
        Festival Jazz sous les Pommiers
      • 06 May
        Saint-Gaudens
        Jazz en Comminges
      • 07 Jul
        Segré
        Saveurs Jazz Festival
      • 07 Oct
        Saint-Chamond
        RhinoJazz Festival
      • 20 Oct
        Gap
        Le Quattro
      • 22 Oct
        Besançon
        Théâtre Ledoux
      2015
      8 concerts
      • 25 Jun
        Enghien les Bains
        Enghien Jazz Festival
      • 26 Jun
        Wolfisheim
        Wolfi Jazz Festival
      • 27 Jun
        Vienne
        Jazz à Vienne
      • 30 Jul
        Narbonne
        Jazz à l'Hospitalet
      • 20 Sep
        Cléon
        La traverse
      • 23 Sep
        Paris
        L'Olympia
      • 24 Sep
        Carquefou
        Théâtre de la Fleuriaye
      • 26 Sep
        Amiens
        Grand Theâtre De La Maison De La Culture
      2014
      7 concerts
      • 06 Aug
        Marciac
        Jazz in Marciac
      • 08 Aug
        Bâle (Suisse)
        Grand Casino Basel
      • 10 Aug
        Amnéville
        Le Casino
      • 14 Aug
        La Grande-Motte
        Le Pasino
      • 16 Aug
        Le Mont Saint Michel
        Jazz en Baie
      • 18 Aug
        Saint-Clément-Des-Baleines
        Jazz Au Phare
      • 29 Nov
        Monaco
        Monte-Carlo Jazz Festival
      2013
      3 concerts
      • 01 Jul
        Paris
        L'Olympia
      • 09 Jul
        Vienne
        Jazz à Vienne
      • 20 Jul
        Técou
        Vinovalie Jazz-Cave de Técou
      2012
      3 concerts
      • 30 Jun
        Compiègne
        Palais en Jazz Festival
      • 22 Jul
        Condette
        Hardelot Jazz Week Festival
      • 24 Jul
        Port Grimaud
        Les Grimaldines
      2010
      9 concerts
      • 06 Mar
        Blois
        All That Jazz
      • 07 Mar
        Lille
        Grand Palais-Salle Vauban
      • 10 Mar
        Béziers
        Théâtre SortieOuest
      • 11 Mar
        Nice
        Opéra de Nice
      • 12 Mar
        Aix en Provence
        Le Pasino
      • 14 Mar
        Paris
        Salle Pleyel
      • 15 Mar
        Nantes
        Cité des congrès
      • 30 Jun
        Vienne
        Jazz à Vienne
      • 21 Jul
        Bonneville
        Bonneville Jazz Festival
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