the course of a multifaceted career that has spanned four decades, Dee
Dee Bridgewater has risen to the top tier of todays jazz vocalists,
putting her own unique spin on standards as well as taking intrepid
leaps of faith in re-envisioning jazz classics.
For her latest
recording, Eleanora Fagan (1915 - 1959): To Billie With Love From Dee Dee
Bridgewater honors an iconic jazz figure, Billie Holiday, who died
tragically at the age of 44 a half-century ago. 'This album is my way
of paying my respect to a vocalist who made it possible for singers
like me to carve out a career for ourselves,' says Bridgewater, who
performed the role of Holiday in the triumphant theatrical production,
Lady Day based on the singers autobiography, Lady Sings the
Blues staged in Paris and London in 1986 and 1987.