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Jazz vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater has worked with legends such as Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins and Horace Silver. In addition to her Tony-winning role in The Wiz (1975), she’s performed in shows such as Sophisticated Ladies and Lady Day, and hosts the NPR program JazzSet With Dee Dee Bridgewater.
On this episode of Song Travels, Bridgewater talks with host Michael Feinstein about the haunting experience of portraying Billie Holiday on stage. Along with her accompanist, Bill Jolly, she performs two of Holiday’s signature songs: “Loverman” and “God Bless the Child.”