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  • Dee Dee Bridgewater (2002)

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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."
    Pick Artist Album Song Label
    # 1 Horace Silver Song for My Father Song for My Father (Blue Note)
    # 2 Nina Simone The Ultimate Nina Simone Four Women (Verve)
    # 3 Nancy Wilson Ballads, Blues & Big Bands: The Best of Nancy Wilson Guess Who I Saw Today (Capitol)
    # 4 Thad Jones and Mel Lewis Consummation A Child Is Born (Blue Note)
    # 5 Betty Carter Compact Jazz My Favorite Things (Verve)
    # 6 Ella Fitzgerald Jazz at the Santa Monica (Jazz at the Philharmonic) C Jam Blues (Pablo)
    Book Florence Ladd, "Sarah's Psalm"
    Luxury Item A photo album of my family.
    Alternate Picks/Not Broadcast
    Alt 1 Miles Davis Bitches' Brew N/A (Columbia)
    Alt 2 Chet Baker N/A Let's Get Lost N/A
    Alt 3 Ella Fitzgerald N/A Oh! Lady Be Good N/A
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    George Cotsirilos
    09 Feb
    Ed Klitsch
    05 Jan