Dee Dee Bridgewater
Dee Dee Bridgewater visits the Terrace Theater of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. For Valentine's Day, Dee Dee sings entirely in French!
Ooh la la! Dee Dee Bridgewater takes the stage at the Kennedy Center with a Valentine's Night show of songs in French and some English. Although Dee Dee lived in France for 17 years, this is her first concert completely in French, and it is also the beginning of something big.
In early 2005, she has released a CD of this material, titled J'ai Deux Amours ("I Have Two Loves") in Europe, and is touring and performing music from the album there this month and next. The CD is not yet available in the United States.
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MUSIC/DEE DEE BRIDGEWATER
"J'ai Deux Amours" (orig. recorded by Josephine Baker)
"I Wish You Love / Que Reste-t-il de Nos Amours" (Albert Beach, Charles Trenet)
"Youkali" (Kurt Weill)
"What Now My Love / Et Maintenant" (Gilbert Becaud and Pierre Leroyer)
"Autumn Leaves / Les Feuille Mortes" (Joseph Kozma, John H. Mercer and Jacques Prevert)
"The Good Life / La Belle Vie" (Sascha Distel and Jack Reardon)
"Ne Me Quitte Pas / If You Go Away" (Jacques Brel)
"L'Hymne a l'Amour / If You Love Me" (Marguerite Monnot and Edith Piaf)
And the encore:
"My Funny Valentine" (Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart)
SONGS AND SONGWRITER INFO
"The Good Life" by Sascha Distel
Dee Dee dedicates this to Betty Carter, who often performed it. Tony Bennett is the man who introduced this song. You can also read Sascha Distel's biography.
French lyrics to 'L'Hymne a l'Amour'
More information about Kurt Weill and 'Youkali'
Dee Dee Bridgewater's Site
Kennedy Center Site
MUSICIANS (and co-arrangers)
Marc Berthoumieux, accordion
Gabriel Minino Garay, percussions
Ira Coleman, bass
Louis Winsberg, guitar
Producer Becca Pulliam
Executive Producer Thurston Briscoe III
Thanks to Derek Gordon, who conceived of this show, and Kevin Struthers at the Kennedy Center.
Recording Engineer: Duke Markos with Greg Hartman and Big Mo Recording Field Producer: Mark Schramm.
And also: Producer Becca Pulliam and Executive Producer Thurston Briscoe III, at WBGO Jazz 88 in Newark, NJ.
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