Monday 17th October 2016
- Wednesday 19th October 2016
£35.00 - £60.00
Dee Dee Bridgewater live is a fantastic live performer. One of today’s leading female jazz vocal stars, she has worked with all the great instrumentalists, counting Sonny Rollins, Dizzy Gillespie, Dexter Gordon, Max Roach and Roland Kirk among her list of past collaborators. Her landmark portrayal of Billie Holiday in stage show ‘Lady Day’ saw her nominated for an Olivier Award. Two Grammy Awards later, she’s still going strong. “Dee Dee Bridgewater has a technique and musicality that bests most performers of her generation,” declared The Guardian in a recent 4* review, “and her understanding of the "great American songbook" makes pretenders pale in comparison.”
FEW ENTERTAINERS have ever commanded such depth of artistry in every medium. Fewer still have been rewarded with Broadway’s coveted Tony Award (Best Featured Actress in a Musical – The Wiz), nominated for the London theater’s West End equivalent, the Laurence Oliver Award (Best Actress in a Musical – Lady Day), won three Grammy® Awards (2011‘s Best Jazz Vocal Album for “Eleanora Fagan: To Billie with Love from Dee Dee Bridgewater”, 1998’s Best Jazz Vocal Performance and Best Arrangement Accompanying a Vocal for "Cottontail" – Slide Hampton, arranger – "Dear Ella "), and France’s 1998 top honor Victoire de la Musique (Best Jazz Vocal Album).
DEE DEE CAPTURED THE HEARTS of audiences worldwide in The Wiz with her signature song, If You Believe. According to Nick Ashford of Ashford and Simpson, Dee Dee’s rendition "personified a generation and gave us all hope."
AS A SPARKLING AMBASSADOR FOR JAZZ, she bathed in its music before she could walk. Her mother played the greatest albums of Ella Fitzgerald, whose artistry provided an inspiration for Dee Dee throughout her career. Her father was a trumpeter who taught music – to Booker Little, Charles Lloyd and George Coleman, among others. It is the kind of background that leaves its mark on an adolescent, especially one who appeared solo and with a trio as soon as she was able. Dee Dee’s other vocation, that of globetrotter, reared its head when she toured the Soviet Union in 1969 with the University of Illinois Big Band. A year later, she followed her then husband, Cecil Bridgewater, to New York.
DEE DEE MADE HER PHENOMENAL NEW YORK DEBUT in 1970 as the lead vocalist for the band led by Thad Jones and Mel Lewis, one of the premier jazz orchestras of the time. These New York years marked an early career in concerts and on recordings with such giants as Sonny Rollins, Dizzy Gillespie, Dexter Gordon, Max Roach and Roland Kirk, and rich experiences with Norman Connors, Stanley Clarke and Frank Foster’s "Loud Minority."
DEE DEE DOESN’T CARE MUCH FOR LABELS, and in 1974 she jumped at the chance to act and sing on Broadway where her voice, beauty and stage presence won her great success and a Tony Award for her role as Glinda the Good Witch in The Wiz. This began a long line of awards and accolades as well as opportunities to work in Tokyo, Los Angeles, Paris and in London where she garnered the coveted “Laurence Olivier” Award nomination as Best Actress for her tour de force portrayal of jazz legend Billie Holiday in Stephen Stahl’s Lady Day. Performing the lead in equally demanding acting/singing roles as Sophisticated Ladies, Cosmopolitan Greetings, Black Ballad, Carmen Jazz and the musical Cabaret (the first black actress to star as Sally Bowles), she secured her reputation as a consummate entertainer.
NAMED AMBASSADOR TO THE UNITED NATIONS’ FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION (FAO) in October 1999, Dee Dee joined the battle against world hunger. Appealing for international solidarity to finance global grass-roots projects, the FAO’s Ambassadors aid in developing self-reliance in long-term conservation and management of sustainable agriculture, rural development and the conservation and management of natural resources.
TAKING OVER THE REIGNS OF JAZZSET FROM THE ILLUSTRIOUS BRANFORD MARSALIS, Dee Dee brought her message to listeners. NPR's JazzSet© with Dee Dee Bridgewater is the jazz lover's ears and eyes on the world of live music. It presents today's best jazz artists in performance on stages around the world, taking listeners to Puerto Rico and Cuba, as well as Marciac in the French countryside and across the North American continent from Montreal to Monterey.
support: Tim Thornton Quartet
Tim Thornton – bass
Riley Stone-Lonergan – sax
Ant Law - guitar (13th)
James Pearson - piano (14th)
Chris Draper - drums
"The most natural young double-bassist in years." – Jack Massarik, Evening Standard
"Thornton is a player with a strong technique who uses the range of the bass well, and is capable of great depth, emotion and lyricism." – Rob Edgar, londonjazz.blogspot.co.uk
ABOUT TIM THORNTON
Bassist Tim Thornton is a regular performer on the British jazz scene and graduate of Birmingham Conservatoire. He won the 2013 British Jazz Award in the rising star category after releasing and touring his debut album ‘New Kid’. His new album "The Feel Good Place" is released on Jellymould Records. In 2017 he was awarded Honorary Membership of Birmingham Conservatoire in recognition of his achievements in the world of music and was a finalist at the Worshipful company of musicians young jazz musician of the year award.
He is the co-founder of Karve with chef Trystan-Ross Williams, a pop-up restaurant/jazz club fusing original jazz and fine dining together, they host events around London and you can find more info at www.karvefood.com.
He toured the USA in 2015, 2018 and again in 2019 with world renowned clarinet virtuoso Julian Bliss and toured the UK in 2016 in support of legendary guitairst George Benson, performing at the Royal Albert Hall. In 2017 he performed again at the Royal Albert Hall at the Proms with Clare Teal and her double big band.
Tim has previously worked with Seamus Blake, Hiromi, Stan Sulzmann, Logan Richardson, Eric Alexander, Jason Rebello, Pee-Wee Ellis, Will Vinson, Jim Mullen, Soweto Kinch, Guy Barker, Sir Willard White, James Torme, Nigel Hitchcock, Alex Garnett, Gilad Atzmon, and Kit Downes to name a few.
Tim performs at many venues and festivals internationally and in the UK including Holders Festival (Barbados), Dizzy's Club (NYC), Bermuda Festival, Royal Albert Hall, Glastonbury Festival, Barbican, Mineapolis Orchestra Hall, Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Duc Des Lombards (Paris), Porgy and Bess (Vienna), Ronnie Scott's and Bennet's Lane Jazz Club (Melbourne)
“We haven't had anything like this in New York for over twenty years". Wynton Marsalis
Each night Monday to Saturday, after the main act, Ronnie Scott’s presents the Late Late Show, where some of the UK’s finest jazz talents take to the stage for a late night blowing session.
MONDAY - THURSDAY 11pm-3am
FRIDAY - SATURDAY 1am-3am
ENTRY ON THE DOOR OR PREBOOKING MON-THURS
£10 in advance, £12 on the door, £6 Students (with ID), FREE entry to MU, Club members and main show ticket holders
In 1959, saxophonist Ronnie Scott opened the door to a small basement club in London’s west end where local musicians could jam. Today, it is one of the world’s most famous jazz clubs attracting packed houses and the biggest names in jazz and popular music and Ronnie Scott’s welcoming, stylish setting is also home to London’s coolest late night hang.
Tell us what you think of Dee Dee Bridgewater & The Memphis Soulphony Present "Memphis...Yes I'm Ready", support: Tim Thornton Quartet below..