Her father, Matthew Garrett, was a jazz trumpeter and teacher at Manassas High School, and through his playing, she was exposed to jazz early on.At the age of sixteen, she was a member of a rock and rhythm'n'blues trio, singing in clubs in Michigan.For 23 years, she was the host of National Public Radio's syndicated radio show Jazz Set with Dee Dee Bridgewater.Born Denise Eileen Garrett in Memphis, Tennessee, she was raised Catholic in Flint, Michigan.In 1974, her first own album, entitled Afro Blue, appeared, and she also performed on Broadway in the musical The Wiz.For her role as Glinda the Good Witch she won a Tony Award in 1975 as "best featured actress", and the musical also won the 1976 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album.She subsequently appeared in several other stage productions.
Performed also at the San Francisco Jazz Festival (1996).
Dee Dee Bridgewater (born May 27, 1950) is an American jazz singer.
She is a three-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter, as well as a Tony Award-winning stage actress.
She has also explored on This Is New (2002) the songs of Kurt Weill, and, on her next album J'ai deux amours (2005), the French Classics.
Her album Red Earth, released in 2007, features Africa-inspired themes and contributions by numerous musicians from Mali.