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Dee Dee Bridgewater

For Valentine's Day at the Kennedy Center, JazzSet host Dee Dee Bridgewater premieres the music that has become her Grammy-nominated CD, J'ai Deux Amours (Two Loves Have I) (Sovereign Artists label).

Dee Dee Bridgewater on her CD

Dee Dee has lived in France for almost 20 years. She is affectionately known as the modern Josephine Baker. Dee Dee was made honorary president of the Josephine Baker Society. So it is fitting that Dee Dee opens this concert and her CD with "J'ai Deux Amours," a song that Baker made a hit at the beginning of her career. The lyric translates as "two loves have I, my country and Paris." The arrangement juxtaposes Parisian accordion and electric guitar.

"Youkali," about a dream island, has the feel of an Argentinian tango. Dee Dee dedicates "The Good Life" ("La Belle Vie") to Betty Carter, with whom bassist Ira Coleman also played this song. An early U.S. recording (if not the first) was by Tony Bennett. Jacques Brel and Edith Piaf are represented by "If You Go Away" and "If You Love Me," and "My Funny Valentine" has no particular French connection. It is for the occasion.

Congratulations on the Grammy nomination, Dee Dee! Good luck on February 8.

"J'ai deux Amours" / "Two Loves Have I" (Scotto, Koger/Varna, Murray/Trivers)
"I Wish You Love / Que Reste-t-il de Nos Amours?" (Trenet, Wilson)
"Youkali" (Weill)
"What Now, My Love? / El Maintenant" (Becaud, Delanoe, Sigman)
"Autumn Leaves" / "Les Feuilles Mortes" (Kosma, Prevert, Mercer)
"The Good Life" / "La Belle Vie" (Distel, Reardon)
"If You Go Away" / "Ne Me Quitte Pas" (Brel, McKuen)
"If You Love Me" / "L'Hymne a l'Amour" (Monnot, Piaf)
"My Funny Valentine" (Rodgers & Hart)

Marc Berthoumieux, accordion
Gabriel Minino Garay, percussion instruments
Ira Coleman, bass
Louis Winsberg, guitar

Dee Dee Bridgewater site

Kennedy Center Jazz info

Josephine Baker on

Dr. Billy Taylor is Artistic Advisor for Kennedy Center Jazz. This program was originally conceived by Derek Gordon. Kevin Struthers is Program Manager for Jazz at the Kennedy Center.

Field Producer for this recording is Mark Schramm. Recording engineer is Duke Markos. JazzSet's Producer is Becca Pulliam, with Executive Producer Thurston Briscoe III at WBGO Jazz 88 in Newark, New Jersey.

Copyright 2007 NPR