Dee Dee

How many times have I seen Dee Dee Bridgewater sing at the Blue Note in New York? Many. I can think of the Memphis band, Billie Holiday music … I need to try harder to remember them all. And although the stage lighting seemed different last week (more blue?), I loved my latest opportunity to sit close to Dee Dee and her new trio featuring pianist Carmen Staaf’s swinging touch and ideas, Tabari Lake’s bowed bass, Kush Abadey’s brushes. The songs from their second set on Wednesday, February 5, 2020, are listed below.

Dee Dee and Kush, photo by Becca
  • Cotton Tail during which I noticed those brushes …
  • Dee Dee says “Let’s see if you know this one” –> I’d like to get you on a slow boat to China …
  • “The best-known song that Billie Holiday wrote” –> God Bless the Child …
  • Que reste-t-il de nos amours? in French and English (I wish you love) …
  • Stairway to the stars …
  • “To change the feel completely” –> St. James Infirmary with arco bass solo …
  • All of me …
  • Encore: she set it up with a monologue about her ideal man ending with DD on the floor leaning against a piano leg (and she could get up) –> Harry Connick Jr’s One fine thing

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