She’s simply a music legend. Triple Grammy winner, Tony winner, UN Goodwill Ambassador and NEA Jazz Master Dee Dee Bridgewater makes her Wallis debut with a tribute to the rich soul tradition of the city where she was born.
Joined by the Memphis Soulphony, Bridgewater brings the sultry Memphis sound to Los Angeles with “Memphis…Yes I’m Ready” based on her acclaimed album of the same title recorded at Memphis’ famed Royal Studios in 2016.
Bridgewater, who “spills with theatrics and sensuality” (The New York Times), proudly proclaims, “I made this record for me,” adding, “These were songs I listened to on the famous Black radio station WDIA, where my own father, Matthew Garrett, was a young on-air DJ. I was born in Memphis, and although my family migrated north to Flint, Michigan, when I was 3 years old, the South has always remained buried inside me. Coming back for this recording project has brought me full circle in my life.”
According to The Wallis’ Artistic Director Paul Crewes, “We’re thrilled to bring Dee Dee Bridgewater to The Wallis for the first time as she pays tribute to the greats who define the Memphis sound, with covers of hits by artists including BB King, Otis Redding and Al Green, to name a few.”