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.