DEE Dee Bridgewater, a Grammy and Tony winner, is the most complete jazz singer on the scene today — combining superb vocal chops and the acting talent that makes her a masterful interpreter of lyrics. Her skills are fully displayed on “Dee Dee’s Feathers,” a joyful collaboration with trumpeter Irvin Mayfield’s New Orleans Jazz Orchestra. The release celebrates the Crescent City’s rich musical tradition, past and present, on the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.
Among the traditional songs, Bridgewater shows her fine and mellow side on “What A Wonderful World” and “Do You Know What It Means,” balads popularized by Louis Armstrong, with Mayfield contributing some heart-tugging trumpet solos. The new songs are also steeped in the tradition.
Bridgewater and Mayfield conceived this project to promote their collaboration on the newly opened New Orleans Jazz Market, the city’s first solely-dedicated jazz performance and education center. Located in a reconverted department store in the Mid-City neighborhood devastated by Katrina, it’s a symbol of the Big Easy’s rebirth and resiliency a decade after the storm. (AP)