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Concert review: Dee Dee Bridgewater brings on the sugar and sass in her tribute to Billie Holiday

Published on Mar 9, 2014 12:22 PM
Dee Dee Bridgewater. -- PHOTO: THE ESPLANADE

It was a case of fame coming full circle for American torch singer Dee Dee Bridgewater on Friday night, when she opened the 10th and final instalment of the Mosaic Music Festival.

As Mr Benson Puah, chief executive of Esplanade - Theatres By The Bay noted in his remarks before her 10-song set at the Esplanade Concert Hall, she had been among the first to grace the concert hall when Mosaic began in 2005. So, he said, it was "apt" that she should crown its closing.

And crown it she did, belting and scatting from her Grammy-winning album, Eleanora Fagan (1915 - 1959) To Billie With Love From Dee Dee. Fagan was the birth name of Billie Holiday, the world-worn singer-songwriter of such scorchers as God Bless The Child, Fine And Mellow and Lady Sings The Blues, all of which Bridgewater performed this evening.

She even threw in a crotchety impersonation of the late Holiday before her gospel turn on God Bless The Child, honed from the time she anchored the musical Lady Day.

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