Dee Dee Bridgewater: A Revered Jazz Voice Plays Billie Holiday

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Dee Dee Bridgewater.

Dee Dee Bridgewater has spent much of her long career amongst jazz history. The vocalist got her start playing with Thad Jones and Mel Lewis and has performed with a who's who of jazz icons -- Sonny Rollins, Max Roach, Dizzy Gillespie, Stanley Clarke, Dexter Gordon, Roy Haynes, Roland Kirk and many more. She's relentlessly toured and released many superb albums under her own name, appeared on Broadway and has won multiple Grammy Awards and a Tony. And as the host of WBGO's JazzSet, Bridgewater continues to be a trusted and admired voice in jazz.

Now, Bridgewater is back in the theater playing Billie Holiday in her off-Broadway show Lady Day -- a bio-drama featuring songs from various eras of the troubled singer’s career. Hear Bridgewater perform selections from Lady Day in the Soundcheck studio.