Dee Dee Bridgewater
@ the Cadogan Hall
16 November 2017
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This year’s sixth annual Jazz festival 8 -11 May attracted
many thousands of Jazz fans and music aficionados worldwide. Over
the following four days the already scorching St. Lucia heat would
intensify within the many indoor and open-air venues.
In 1970 Dee Dee Bridgewater met her long time idol Horace Silver.
She had been obsessed with thoughts of singing with him from the
age of 15 after hearing “Song For My father”. Silver
at the time felt that Bridgewater was not quite ready.
Bridgewater continued her quest for acknowledgement. She gained
valuable experience performing alongside Jazz legends such as Dizzy
Gillespie, Sonny Rollins, Mel Lewis, Dexter Gordon and Stanley Clarke.
Bridgewater has also been busy in the theatre with an award-winning
career spanning 20 years. Starting with her debut in The Wiz in
1974, she then progressed to Sophisticated Ladies and Carmen Jazz.
In fact Bridgewater became the first black actress to play the role
of Sally Bowles in Cabaret, which was performed at the Mogador Theatre
Bridgewater continued her recording career throughout her successful
theatre years. She recorded her self-titled soul/pop album in 1980.
“Precious Thing” was recorded with Ray Charles on the
album “Victim Of Love”, 1989. “Dee Dee Bridgewater
Live In Paris” 1990 and in 1993 ‘the album Keeping Tradition,
which together with her Live in Paris offering produced her second
Bridgwater finally received acknowledgement and adulation from
Horace Silver in 1996. He contributed lyrically and performs on
her "Love And Peace" album released this year (1997).