Opening Night: Dee Dee Bridgewater - Celebrating Ella Fitzgerald's 100th Birthday | SFJAZZ

Dee Dee Bridgewater

Opening Night: Dee Dee Bridgewater - Celebrating Ella Fitzgerald's 100th Birthday


Opening Night
Dee Dee Bridgewater
Ella Fitzgerald's 100th Birthday

Thursday, September 7, 7:30pm
at SFJAZZ Center, Miner Auditorium

Dee Dee Bridgewater
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Opening Night w/ Dee Dee Bridgewater

Members, enjoy a champagne toast to celebrate you, our dedicated supporters, and to kick-off the 2017-18 Season for this special Members Only performance by Dee Dee Bridgewater in honor of Ella Fitzgerald’s 100th birthday.

In honor of the centennial of Ella Fitzgerald, the “First Lady of Song,” Dee Dee Bridgewater performs timeless songs associated with legendary singer, revisiting the arrangements penned by Lou Levy, Slide Hampton, Cecil Bridgewater and John Clayton for her star-studded 1997 Verve release Dear Ella. A heartfelt salute to Fitzgerald – an enormous influence who had passed the previous year – the album is a lush, large-ensemble session that boasted a lineup featuring veteran jazz giants Milt Jackson, Kenny Burrell, Ray Brown, and Grady Tate as well as the emerging generation of jazz masters including Antonio Hart and Teodross Avery. Dear Ella won GRAMMYs for Best Jazz Vocal Album and Best Instrumental Arrangement.

Since she first gained recognition in the early 1970s with the great Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra Bridgewater has 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.

Artist Personnel

Dee Dee Bridgewater vocals
Arthur Edmaiston tenor saxophone
Marc Franklin trumpet
Charlton Johnson guitar
Farindell Smith piano, organ
Barry Campbell bass
James Sexton drums

Artist Website

"The most capable jazz singer of her generation " — Village Voice
"…a surefooted and sparkling singer " — The New York Times