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Bridgewater, Dee Dee (Denise Eileen Garrett)

Bridgewater, Dee Dee [Denise Eileen Garrett], singer; b. Memphis, TN, 27 May 1950. She was raised in Flint, MI. Her mother is Marion Hale Hudspeth (Born: Marion Hale Holiday) born Flint, MI, February 6, 1927 married to (and since divorced from) father: Matthew Garrett (former trumpeter) born Newport, KY. He taught at Manassas High School in Memphis, TN, and is currently still an Educator. He was a trumpeter who taught music to Booker Little, Charles Lloyd and George Coleman, among others. Her stepfather, Shed Hudspeth, raised Dee Dee from adolescence onward. He was deceased January 1, 2000. Her siblings are Rhonda Garrett (Maiden Name), married name Rhonda Whiters, and Damon Garrett.

She attended the University of Michigan. Her influences include Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday, Tina Turner and others. She appeared solo and with a trio as a teenager.  She toured the Soviet Union in 1969 with the University of Illinois Big Band.  A year later, she followed her new husband, Cecil Bridgewater, to New York (they divorced in the mid-70s). She made her New York debut in 1970 as the vocalist for the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis band (Cecil was also a member). She also performed with Horace Silver, Ray Brown, Sonny Rollins, Dizzy Gillespie, Dexter Gordon, Max Roach, Roland Kirk, Norman Connors, Stanley Clarke, Frank Foster's "Loud Minority," Roy Ayers, and others.

Since 1999 she is the United Nations Ambassador to the Food and Agriculture Organization (F.A.O.). She has lived in France since 1986.

Her first husband was trumpet player Cecil Vernon Bridgewater. They had a child, Tulani Adenike Bridgewater, born August 11, 1972. Her second husband was Gilbert Moses (film & theatre director). They had a child, China Nicole Moses, born January 9, 1978 and a stepdaughter Tsia T. Moses. Her current husband is Jean-Marie Durand (Personal Manager & Producer). Their child Gabriel Morgan Durand was born January 25, 1992.

Afro Blue (1974); Dee Dee Bridgewater (1976); Just Family (1978); Bad for Me (1979); Dee Dee Bridgewater (1980); Live in Paris (1987); Victim of Love (featuring Ray Charles) (1990); In Montreux (1991); Keeping Tradition (1993); Love and Peace: A Tribute to Horace Silver (1995); Compilation Album (1995); Prelude to a Kiss: The Duke Ellington Album (1996); Dear Ella (1997); Live at Yoshi's (2000); This Is New (2002)

As sideperson:
Heiner Stadler: Retrospection (1966); Rahsaan Roland Kirk: Aces Back to Back (1968); Various Artists: The Best of Roy Ayers (1970); Roy Ayers: Love Fantasy (1970); Stanley Clarke: Children of Forever (1972); Norman Connors: Dark of Light (1973); Heiner Stadler: Brains on Fire (1973); Frank Foster: Loud Minority (1974); Cecil McBee: Mutima (1974); Carlos Garnett: Black Love (1974); Norman Connors: Best of Norman Connors and Friends (1977); Roy Ayers: I Wanna Play For You (1977), Modern Man (1978) The Wiz: Original Cast Recording (1992); Various Artists: Carnegie Hall Salutes the Jazz Masers (1994), Cole Porter In Concert: Just One of Those Live Things (1994), Club Classics Vol. 1: Give You Body Up (1995), The Brother from Another Planet (1995); Norman Connors: Dark of Light/Dance of Magic (1995); Bass Line: Why Really (1996); Benny Carter: Journey to Next (1996); Hollywood Bowl Orchestra: Prelude to a Kiss (1996); Various Artists: Maximum Club Basics (1997), Bass-Ic Collection (1997), Blues in the Night, The Johnny Mercer Songbook (1997), The Complete Johnny Mercer Songbook (1998); Lalo Schifrin: Film Classics (1998); Various Artists: Jazz a St. Germain (1998); Ray Brown: Some of My Best Friends Are Singers (1998), Christmas Songs with Ray Brown (1999); United Future Organisation: Bon Voyage (1999), Bon Voyage Les Remixes (1999); Manau: Fest Noz de Paname (2000); United Future Organization: Bon Voyage (2001); The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra: Greatest Hits (2001); Bon Voyage: Instinct (2001); Various Artists: Montreal Jazz Festival (2002)

Television broadcasts:
All Major Television Shows: France/Italy
Various Television Shows: Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Holland, Luxembourg, Switzerland, USA
Home & Family 1997 November and Christmas Special (duet with Lou Rawls)
KTLA Morning News L.A. 1996 Special Guest (March 4)
CBS This Morning 1996 Grammy® Nominees Special (February 28)
CNN 1996 Grammy® Nominees Special (February 27)
BET 1996 Grammy® Nominees Special (February 25)
CBS Sunday Morning 1994 Profile Highlander 1993 Guest
Star (TV Series; Episode "The Beast Below" #1.16) as Carolyn 
52nd Street 1990 Host/Presenter (Jazz TV Show-Interviews, Live Music)
Le Chinois 1989 with Charles Aznavour (TV Movie)
Corps Plonges 1998 as La Femme au verre de lait (TV Movie)
Carnegie Hall Salutes the Jazz Masters: Verve Records at 50 1994 (TV)
Night Partners 1983
"Another Life" 1981 TV Series (Soap Opera) as Samantha Marshall

Radio broadcasts:
http://www.jazzset.org JazzSet 2001 Host (NPR Syndicated)
Jazzy 1990 Host (Europe2: France)
Le Jazz Club
From Paris 1989-1992 Narrator (NPR Syndicated: USA)

"The Jody Grind" from Love and Peace: A Tribute to Horace Silver, Dee
Dee Bridgewater Live at the Opera Garnier; Paris, France, Verve
Masters: 50 Years; A Tribute from Carnegie Hall

The Wiz (as Glinda, Good Witch of the South; New York on Broadway, Los Angeles, San Francisco) (1974-1977); The 1940's Radio Hour (as Geneva Lee Brown, starring role; New York on Broadway/Florida) (1979); Sophisticated Ladies (Los Angeles, 1982; starring role, national tour Japan and Paris, 1983-84); Lady Day (as Billie Holiday)(Paris, 1986; London, 1987); Cosmopolitan Greetings (Hamburg)(1988); Black Ballad (Paris) (1991); Cabaret (as Sally Bowles; Paris) (1995); Ain't Misbehavin' (Montreal) (1998); Carmen Jazz (as Carmen; Vienne, France) (1998)

The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh (co-starring role; Gilbert Moses: Director) (1979); The Brother From Another Planet (1984) (starring role; John Sayles: Director/Producer/Writer)

Too many articles to list; recent publications include:

Album Awards:
Live at Yoshi's: Nomination: GRAMMY(r) Award -"Best Jazz Vocal Album" (2001)
Dear Ella: GRAMMY(r) Award-"Best Jazz Vocal Album" (1998), GRAMMY(r) Award-"Best Arrangement for Vocal" Cottontail - Slide Hampton-Arranger (1998), Victoires de la Musique -"Best Jazz Vocal Album" (1998-France), Nomination: Echo Award -"Best Jazz Album" (1998-Germany);
Love and Peace: A Tribute to Horace Silver: "Best Jazz Vocal Album" - Gavin Report (1995), "Best Jazz Vocal Album" - Swing Journal (1995-Japan), Billie Holiday Award - "Best Jazz Vocal" - Jazz Academy Awards (1995-France), Choc de L'Annee - Jazzman Magazine (1995-France), Nomination: GRAMMY(r) Award - "Best Jazz Vocal" (1996);
Keeping Tradition: Django D'Or (1994-France), Nomination: GRAMMY(r) Award -"Best Jazz Vocal" (1994);
Live in Paris: Billie Holiday Award - "Best Jazz Vocal" -Jazz Academy Awards (1988-France), Nomination: GRAMMY(r) Award - "Best Jazz Vocal" (1991)
Acting Awards:
Lady Day: Nomination: Laurence Olivier Award, "Outstanding Performance of the Year by an Actress in a Musical" (1987-England)
The Wiz: Tony Award, "Best Featured Actress in a Musical" (1975)

In 2004, Bridgewater launched her own record label DDB Records, Inc.

Contact information:

Tulani Bridgewater-Kowalski
DDB Productions, Inc. & DDB Records
13428 Maxella Avenue # 632
Marina del Rey, California 90292
310-494-4008 tel
310-494-4014 fax
Contact: Tulani Bridgewater
Email: Tulani@Ddbprods.Com
Url: www.deedeebridgewater.com
Booking Agency: Ted Kurland Associates
173 Brighton Avenue
Boston, MA 02134
Phone: 617-254-0007
Fax: 617-782-3577
URL: http://www.tedkurland.com/
Contact: Laurel J. Wicks; VP
Email: laurel@tedkurland.com

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