Christian McBride & Dee Dee Bridgewater | SFJAZZ
Christian McBride & Dee Dee Bridgewater
The definition of a great musician goes beyond instrumental mastery – it includes how that performer works in collaboration with others and how their role fits into the larger picture for the benefit of the music. In the case of bassist and composer Christian McBride, no other jazz artist has been as eager immerse himself in wildly disparate musical settings as a bandleader, sideman, and collaborator. To close his week as Resident Artistic Director, McBride teams with a renowned vocalist who shares his taste in omnivorous musical exploration, three-time GRAMMY-winning singer Dee Dee Bridgewater. Since she first gained recognition in the early 1970s with the great Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra she’s thrived wherever she’s landed, from Broadway, where she earned a Tony Award for her work in the original production of The Wiz, to Paris, where she spent more than a decade as France’s greatest champion of jazz. After moving back to the US in 1999 Bridgewater quickly regained visibility at home with a series of brilliant albums, while also hosting NPR’s syndicated radio show JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater. A restless musical explorer, she has collaborated with master musicians of Mali, embraced the cabaret of Kurt Weill, and delved into the funky hard bop of Horace Silver.
Christian McBride bass
Dee Dee Bridgewater vocals