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Vocalist and 2017 NEA Jazz Master Dee Dee Bridgewater performs the classic 1952 Joey Leiber and Mike Stoller composition “Hound Dog” — a song made famous by Big Mama Thornton and later Elvis Presley — during Bridgewater’s September 9, 2017 performance at the SFJAZZ Center, broadcast on Fridays Live on January 14, 2021.
This night celebrated the release of Bridgewater’s new Okeh Records album devoted to the music and spirit of her hometown, Memphis… Yes, I’m Ready. Steeped in Civil Rights history and one of the great hotbeds of American music, the city locals call “Soulsville” has a very special, highly personal place in Bridgewater’s heart.
She performs the soul, blues and R&B she heard when her father, trumpeter Matthew Garrett, was a DJ on WDIA radio including classics by B.B. King, Otis Redding, B.B. King, and Bobby Blue Bland. Recorded at Lawrence “Boo” Mitchell’s historic Royal Studios, Memphis… Yes, I’m Ready was co-produced by GRAMMY-winning saxophonist Kirk Whalum and features her band project she calls “Memphis Soulphony.”
Dee Dee Bridgewater: vocals
Curtis Pulliam: trumpet
Bryant Lockhart: saxophone
Charlton Johnson: guitar
Dell Smith: keyboards
Barry Campbell: bass
Carlos Sargent: drums
Sharisse Norman: vocals
Shontelle Norman-Beatty: background vocals