Wednesday, April 08, 2015

DEE DEE’S FEATHERS: Dee Dee Bridgewater & Irvin Mayfield with the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra

Dee Dee's Feathers is a modern vision of New Orleans painted through the collaboration of two of the greatest musicians in Jazz.

Dee Dee's Feathers gives a modern vision of New Orleans, painted through the collaboration of New Orleans Jazz Orchestra’s (NOJO) Artistic Director Irvin Mayfield and honorary Chairperson Dee Dee Bridgewater. Traditional songs such as ‘Big Chief’, ‘Saint James Infirmary’ and ‘What a Wonderful World’ along with new compositions ‘Congo Square’ and ‘C'est Ici Que Je T'aime’ will transport people through the new sound of Dee Dee Bridgewater.

Over the course of a multifaceted career spanning four decades, Grammy and Tony Award-winning Jazz giant Dee Dee Bridgewater has ascended to the upper echelon of vocalists, putting her unique spin on standards, as well as taking intrepid leaps of faith in re-envisioning jazz classics. Ever the fearless voyager, explorer, pioneer and keeper of tradition, the three-time Grammy-winner recently won the 2011 Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Album for Eleanora Fagan (1915-1959): To Billie With Love From Dee Dee.

Bridgewater’s career has always bridged musical genres. She earned her first professional experience as a member of the legendary Thad Jones/Mel Louis Big Band, and throughout the 70’s she performed with such jazz notables as Max Roach, Sonny Rollins, Dexter Gordon and Dizzy Gillespie. After a foray into the pop world during the 1980s, she relocated to Paris and began to turn her attention back to Jazz.

Irvin Mayfield is a two-time Grammy and Billboard Award-winning artist. Mayfield is the founding Artistic Director of the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra and currently serves as Artistic Director of Jazz at the Minnesota Orchestra. He is a professor at the University of New Orleans, where he also serves as Director of the New Orleans Jazz Institute. ~ Amazon

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