The Holon Theater will play host to one of the jazz world's most celebrated divas on June 3 when 58-year-old multi-Grammy Award winner Dee Dee Bridgewater blows into town. The show will be based on material from her recent album, Red Earth, which she recorded in Mali with jazz bassist Ira Coleman and pianist Edsel Gomez, plus a host of local ethnic musicians.
The Memphis, Tennessee-born Bridgewater cut her jazz teeth in New York in the 1970s with some of the titans, including drummer Max Roach, trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie and saxophonists Dexter Gordon and Sonny Rollins. She fronted the acclaimed Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra. Her first album as leader, Afro Blue, came out in 1974 and was well received; she has since branched out into other areas of the arts. Besides two Grammies, she won a Tony Award in 1975 for her role in Glinda the Good Witch and in 1986 was a nominee for the Laurence Olivier Award for her role as Billie Holiday in Lady Day.