The Blue Note Presents Dee Dee Bridgewater's Billie Holiday Tribute 6/3-6

Vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater returns to the Blue Note with a tribute to Billie Holiday titled "To Billie With Love - A Tribute To Lady Day" from June 3 - 6. Joining Bridgewater will be saxophonist James Carter, pianist Edsel Gomez, bassist Kenny Davis, and drummer Gregory Hutchinson. Ms. Bridgewater is on tour promoting her latest recording, Eleanora Fagan To Billie With Love From Dee Dee Bridgewater (Emarcy, 2010), hailed as "one of the finest Billie Holday homages ever recorded" by Jeff Tamarkin of All Music Guide. *Note that trumpeter Mike Cottone will open for Dee Dee Bridgewater on Thursday, June 3 only from 6:30 to 7:30pm at no additional charge as a part of the Blue Note's Emerging Artist Series presented by Brother Thelonious of North Coast Brewing Company.

Thursday, June 3 - Sunday, June 6, 2010; Sets at 8:00pm & 10:30pm

Dee Dee Bridgewater, vocals; James Carter, saxophones; Edsel Gomez, piano; Kenny Davis, bass; Gregory Hutchinson, drums

$40 @ table / $30 @ bar

OPENING ACT, JUNE 3: Mike Cottone (trumpet); Lucas Pino (tenor sax), Kris Bowers (piano), Paul Sikivie (bass), Jared Schonig (drums) - 6:30 - 7:30pm only on JUNE 3 ONLY.

The Blue Note; 131 W 3rd. St, New York, NY 10012

Doors open at 6:00pm. Set times are 8:00pm & 10:30pm. The opening act on Thursday, June 3 will play from 6:30 - 7:30pm.

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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 two Grammy® Awards (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. 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."

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 JazzSet from the illustrious Branford Marsalis, Dee Dee continues to bring her message to radio listeners. NPR's JazzSet© with Dee Dee Bridgewater is the jazz lover's ears and eyes on the world of live music, presenting today's best jazz artists in performance on stages all around the world.

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