Album Remarks & Appraisals:
The new album from the three-time Grammy Award®-winning jazz vocalist, Dee Dee Bridgewater. With Irvin Mayfield and the Grammy®-winning New Orleans Jazz Orchestra. Dee Dee's debut album on OKeh Records. A stunning homage to the people and culture of New Orleans in recognition and honor of the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.
Performing at the Hurricane Katrina 10th anniversary concert on August 29. Touring in the U.S. throughout 2015 and 2016.
Three-time Grammy Award® winner Dee Dee Bridgewater's new album, Dee Dee's Feathers, is a journey through the history of New Orleans as told through song and collaboration with the Grammy Award®-winning New Orleans Jazz Orchestra (NOJO), founded by artistic director and trumpeter Irvin Mayfield. Although steeped in history, Dee Dee's Feathers is at the same time a modern exploration of the music and culture that makes New Orleans a city and place unlike any other. Traditional songs such as "Big Chief" (featuring guest artist Dr. John), "Saint James Infirmary" and "What a Wonderful World" - all songs indicative to and steeped in the culture of the Big Easy - co-mingle with new compositions such as "Congo Square" and C'est Ici Que Je T'aime," transporting the listener on a sensory voyage through the city, whether dancing in a Second Line or frequenting a storied bordello in the heart of the city's French Quarter.
The launch of Dee Dee's Feathers will also be tied to the opening of NOJO's New Orleans Jazz Market. The first solely-dedicated space for jazz and education in New Orleans, Bridgewater serves on the Board of Directors for the facility and the main stage of the facility will be named for her - marking the first time a major stage in the city has been named after a jazz musician.
The New Orleans Tourism Board will use music from Dee Dee's Feathers in their advertising in 2015.
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, Dee Dee won the 2010 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 was a member of the legendary Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Big Band, and throughout the '70s, she performed with such jazz notables as Max Roach, Sonny Rollins, Dexter Gordon and Dizzy Gillespie.
Personnel: Dee Dee Bridgewater (vocals); Leon "Kid Chocolate" Brown, Irvin Mayfield, Ashlin Parker (vocals, trumpet); Michael Watson (vocals, trombone); Dr. John, Glen David Andrews (vocals); Rex Gregory (alto, flute, clarinet); Khari Allen Lee (alto); Don Vappie (guitar, banjo); Jason Marshall (bass clarinet, baritone saxophone); Derek Douget, Edward Petersen (tenor saxophone); Bernard Floyd, Eric Lucero (trumpet); Emily Fredrickson, David Harris (trombone); Victor Atkins (piano); Adonis Rose (drums); Bill Summers (percussion).
Liner Note Author: Soledad O'Brien.
Recording information: Esplanade Studios (03/23/2014-03/25/2014).
Photographer: Greg Miles.
Vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater's 2015 effort, Dee Dee's Feathers, is a vibrant jazz showcase that pays homage to the history of New Orleans and marks the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. A collaboration between Bridgewater, New Orleans trumpeter Irvin Mayfield, and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra (NOJO), Dee Dee's Feathers was recorded at Esplanade Studios, a historic 1920s church turned music studio in heart of the Treme neighborhood of New Orleans. With a band led by Mayfield and guest appearances from such New Orleans luminaries as keyboardist Dr. John and percussionist Bill Summers, the album finds Bridgewater combining her love of New Orleans' musical past with the Crescent City's vibrant present. Included on Dee Dee's Feathers are such cuts as "Big Chief," "What a Wonderful World," "Saint James Infirmary," "Come Sunday," "Congo Square," and more. ~ Matt Collar