LIVE: The Dee Dee Bridgewater Quintet @ the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, 1/14/12

January 20th, 2012, 2:00 pm by Greg
Dee Dee Bridgewater

Dee Dee Bridgewater

Review by J Hunter
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

The full-length, sequined dress and massive, equally-sequined spiked heels Dee Dee Bridgewater wore as she stepped onto the stage at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall was standard-issue Diva-wear; the fact that the dress was bright green (I mean, we’re talking St. Patrick’s Day green), with matching eyelashes that were big enough to cool down the audience if she’d batted her eyes fast enough, said that the Las Vegas resident had no problems laughing at herself. And she proved that intermittently during a 90-minute set that also proved she’s still one of the most awesome vocalists in the game.

“We have the same haircut,” she deadpanned to one of two male audience members she engaged in conversation during the show. It should be noted that I have more hair than Bridgewater, who has sported the Kojak look for some time now. Later on, during the conversation with the other man (who gave her a business card that read “Retired Hippie”, which broke Bridgewater up), she explained – with smiling chagrin – that she was looking for her next husband, and then detailed how she lost the first three. And after her super-sultry knock-out take on “Fine and Mellow”, Bridgewater demonstrated how multi-instrumentalist Craig Handy’s screaming solo effected her by lying down on the stage and wrapping her arms around Handy’s right leg.

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Bebe Vs. Dee Dee

January 13th, 2012, 1:00 pm by Greg

Two multi-talented, award-winning women – Bebe Neuwirth and Dee Dee Bridgewater – step onto Nippertown stages on Saturday evening in a battle for your entertainment dollars. (We’re only disappointed that another local theater wasn’t able to book CeCe Winans on the same night).

Here’s the tale of the tape as Bebe faces off against Dee Dee:

TONY AWARDS: 2 (“Sweet Charity,” “Chicago”)
EMMY AWARDS: 2 (“Cheers” in ’90, ’91)
BORN: December 31, 1958
EARLY CAREER: Made her Broadway debut as Sheila in “A Chorus Line” in 1980
SATURDAY’S SHOW: “Stories With Piano”
WHEN: 8pm Saturday (January 14)
WHERE: Proctors, Schenectady
TIX: $20, $35, $40, $45, $50

TONY AWARDS: 1 (“The Wiz”)
GRAMMY AWARDS: 3 (“Dear Ella” [2], “Eleanora Fagan (1915-1959): To Billie with Love from Dee Dee Bridgewater”)
BORN: May 27, 1950
EARLY CAREER: Became the lead vocalist in the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra in the early ’70s
SATURDAY’S SHOW: “To Billie with Love: A Celebration of Lady Day”
WHEN: 8pm Saturday (January 14)
WHERE: Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy
TIX: $30, $35, $39

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