Dee Dee Bridgewagter
American jazz singer Dee Dee Bridgewater is expected to be the high note of this year's 6th annual JZ Festival in Shanghai. The two-time Grammy-award winner from Memphis, Tennessee, will open for the weekend-long outdoor jazz concert at Century Park on Oct 16.
Two days of live performances by nearly 20 national and international singers and bands will follow on Oct 17 and 18. Local stars will include China's "Father of Rock" Cui Jian and acclaimed rock veterans Zheng Jun and Zhang Chu.
Bridgewater will mark her debut performance in Shanghai next month, a year after her first trip to China for the Beijing Paralympics. Bridgewater holds a special connection with the Middle Kingdom through her second daughter, China Moses, whose late father was of Chinese ancestry.
With many idols, including Tina Turner and Billie Holiday, the 59-year-old icon whose singing career spans four decades, believes that jazz is forever changing, which she calls the beauty of music. For more on her music and upcoming concert, Shanghai Star Weekend reporter Zhang Kun spoke with Bridgewater ahead of her arrival to the city.
Q: So, what you will perform for us?
A: The program will be a selection of Big Band arrangements. I'll do five songs from my double-Grammy winning "Dear Ella" CD: "A Tisket-A Tasket", "Cottontail", "Mr. Paganini" (all Slide Hampton arrangements), "Oh Lady Be Good", "Undecided", "September Song" and "Alabama Song" (Cecil Bridgewater arrangements), "Cherokee", "Tenderly", "Shiny Stockings", "Polkadots & Moonbeams", "Let the Good Times Roll" (all arranged by Frank Foster), and perhaps two or three more selections.