Grammy Award-winning songstress performs Jan. 13
By Jennifer Hafer


Singer. Actress. Producer. U.N. Ambassador. Dee Dee Bridgewater commands depths of artistry in each of these mediums, and the Grammy-and-Tony Award-winning performer is coming to Kennesaw State University’s Howard Logan Stillwell Theater, Jan 13.

Bridgewater won a Tony in 1975 (Best Featured Actress in a Musical – “The Wiz”), and two Grammy Awards (1998’s Best Jazz Vocal Performance and Best Arrangement Accompanying a Vocal for “Cottontail” and “Dear Ella.”)

According to Nick Ashford of Ashford and Simpson, Bridgewater’s rendition of her signature song, “If You Believe,” “personified a generation and gave us all hope.”

Following a childhood immersed in jazz, Bridgewater made her New York debut in 1970 as the lead vocalist for the band led by Thad Jones and Mel Lewis, one of the premier jazz orchestras of the time. Not caring much for labels, in 1974, she jumped at the chance to act and sing on Broadway where her voice, beauty and stage presence won her great success and a Tony Award for her role as Glinda the Good Witch in “The Wiz.”

 “We’re pleased to be able to offer an artist of this caliber for our students and the community,” KSU’s College of the Arts Dean Joseph Meeks said. “I hope the community will take advantage of the opportunity to see this tremendously gifted performer.”

Bridgewater’s performance will be the second of this season’s Premiere Series concerts. The College of the Arts Premiere Series brings world-class artists to Kennesaw State. The next Premiere Series performance is Feb. 3, featuring mezzo-soprano Jennifer Larmore.

For tickets or more information contact the box office at 770-423-6650 or buy tickets now.

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