Wells Fargo Jazz


Sponsored by: Wells Fargo

Venue: College of Charleston Cistern Yard

Duration: Approximately 1 hour, 15 minutes


Few singers successfully carry the torch passed on by Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Carmen McRae, and Betty Carter. Dee Dee Bridgewater has earned this distinction—and three Grammy Awards—in part, by mastering the same qualities as her predecessors: thinking more like an instrumentalist than a vocalist, scatting well-constructed yet improvised melodies, and interpreting songs in an original and personal way. Named a 2017 National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master, she is set apart by an uncommon but perfectly natural talent for communicating with an audience—a charisma that led to a Tony for her theatrical performance in The Wiz and international recognition as a leading light of the jazz vocal tradition. Bridgewater thrilled Festival audiences in 2004, and she and her band are returning to do it again.