Dee Dee Bridgewater & The Memphis Soulphony
Dee Dee Bridgewater’s return to Umbria Jazz is always a feast. Dee Dee is part of the Festival’s history and vice versa: in 1973, she was a young singer who performed at the opening concert of the first edition of Umbria Jazz with the formidable Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra. At that time, nobody could have imagined that she would become a star and a winner of three Grammys and a Tony Award. Dee Dee is an artist who is equally at home in giving concerts or performing theatrical plays, an activist for civil rights, and an Ambassador for the Food and Agriculture Organization. And nobody could have imagined that she would become so popular in Italy and win the Festival di Sanremo together with Pooh.
Now, following her tributes to some of the great leading ladies of jazz, ranging from Ella Fitzgerald to Billie Holiday, her latest record project and tour are dedicated to the music of her hometown, Memphis, Tennessee, one of the great capitals of American music. Soulville: that’s how locals call it. We’ll listen to great classics of blues, soul, r&b, from Al Green to Bobby Blue Bland, from Otis Redding to BB King.
Dee Dee aims to catch the same magic and the story of the songs that belong to her repertoire and are inevitably associated with Memphis. This journey could not be more emotional: “Much of my heart and soul are here.”
- Doors | 7pm
- Restaurant stage | 7:30pm
- Main stage | 9pm