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Bridgewater, Dee Dee

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Personal name headingBridgewater, Dee Dee
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Variant(s)Garrett, Denise
Bridgewater, Denise
Associated countryUnited States
Birth date19500527
Place of birthMemphis (Tenn.)
AffiliationMichigan State University Jazz Orchestra Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Profession or occupationJazz singers
Found inHer Dee Dee Bridgewater live in Paris [SR] p1987: label (Dee Dee Bridgewater, singer)
New Grove dict. of jazz (Bridgewater (née Garrett), Dee Dee (Denise); b. May 27, 1950, Memphis; singer)
Guinness enc. of pop. mus., 2nd ed. (Bridgewater, Dee Dee; b. Denise Garrett, May 27, 1950, Memphis, Tenn.)
African American National Biography, accessed December 28, 2014, via Oxford African American Studies Center database: (Bridgewater, Dee Dee, Denise Eileen Garrett; jazz singer; born 27 May 1950 in Memphis, Tennessee, United States; went to Southwestern High School, and joined an all-girl trio, modeled after the Marvelettes, called the Iridescents; attended Michigan State University in East Lansing; transferred to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; in 1969 toured the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe with the University of Illinois Concert Jazz Band; in 1971, joined the Thad Jones / Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra, and became its lead vocalist; her career took off after her debut with the famed New York jazz orchestra; in 1975 won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical-The Wiz; 1998 Grammy Award for best jazz vocal album for Dear Ella; one of the United Nations first ambassadors for the Food and Agriculture Organization)