Memphis-born singer Dee Dee Bridgewater broke into jazz with the great Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra, and she's collaborated with Ray Charles and Dizzy Gillespie. In 1975 she won a Tony Award for her role as Glenda the Good Witch in The Wiz, and also won accolades for her tributes to Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald and Horace Silver. Three times a Grammy winner, Bridgewater is renowned for her live performances, including her recent album and tour honoring the soul music she grew up with, Memphis... Yes, I'm Ready.
Watch Dee Dee Bridgewater and the Memphis Soulphony perform 'Giving Up' and 'Going Down Slow' at the Royal Theatre in Victoria, B.C. for the Victoria Jazz Society's 2018 International JazzFest. The festival celebrated its 35th year and as the longest-running music festival on Vancouver Island. The performance took place on June 22, 2018.