Grammy- and Tony Award-winning jazz artist Dee Dee Bridgewater will receive the prestigious ASCAP Foundation Champion Award Dec. 14.
She joins such past honorees as Tony Bennett, John Mellencamp, Billy Joel and Jason Mraz. The award will be presented at The ASCAP Foundation Honors Celebration at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York. It goes to ASCAP members for their charitable and humanitarian efforts. As a Goodwill Ambassador to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, Bridgewater is part of an appeal for international solidarity to finance global grassroots projects in the fight against world hunger.
“The ASCAP Foundation is honored to recognize Dee Dee Bridgewater not only for her immense talent and singular contribution to music, but for her work and commitment to building a food-secure world for current and future generations,” said ASCAP president Paul Williams in a statement. “She is a shining example of how the creative community can step forward and use their talent and influence to improve the human condition. We are delighted to present Dee Dee Bridgewater with our ASCAP Foundation Champion Award.”
Bridgewater most recently won the Grammy for best jazz vocal album for Elemora Fagan (1915-1958): To Billie With Love From Dee Dee.
She released her latest effort, Memphis…Yes I’m Ready, Sept. 15 via DDB RecordsOkey/Sony Masterworks. The set explores the music of her birthplace through covers of such classics as “Try A Little Tenderness,” “I Can’t Stand The Rain” and “The Thrill Is Gone.”
In April of this year, Bridgewater was the recipient of an NEA Jazz Masters Fellows Award with honors bestowed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.