CANCELED – Dee Dee Bridgewater: CU Jazz Master

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Perfect for jazz lovers, this afternoon is sure to wow you with insight about the impressive vocal chameleon, Dee Dee Bridgewater, an enchanting singer whose voice is playful, irreverent, sassy, soulful, and tender.

Sam Reese, Associate Professor Emeritus of Music at the University of Illinois, will explore the biographical sketch of Bridgewater using excerpts from recent audio interviews and video documentaries. Reese will provide guided listening of Bridgewater, an analysis of the tonal and technical characteristics of her voice, and an explanation of how she creates her scat-singing improvisations.

Dee Dee Bridgewater is Champaign-Urbana’s celebrated jazz “daughter.” In 2017 she was named a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master – our nation’s most prestigious jazz award.

Following the presentation– enjoy cocktail hour and music in the Mansion featuring singer/songwriter Melinda Rodriguez, recent winner of the Ella Fitzgerald Vocal Jazz Competition, and acclaimed jazz saxophonist Ron Bridgewater — a Champaign-Urbana jazz legend.

$25/person (includes presentation and performance)
Seating is general admission. All sales are final.


Mar 22 2020


02:00 PM - 05:00 PM



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