Release: Dee Dee Bridgewater’s Album Inspired by Her Memphis Roots
Release: Dee Dee Bridgewater’s Album Inspired by Her Memphis Roots

Dee Dee Bridgewater has gone back to her beginning…Memphis, TN.


Born in the city known for its pivotal part in American culture, music and civil rights struggle, Bridgewater was part of an American legacy. After moving to Flint, Michigan, Bridgewater’s childhood nights were spent tuning into Memphis’ WDIA, the first radio station in the nation featuring all-black programming. It was also the station where her father spun vinyl as the on-air disc jockey, “Matt the Platter Cat.”


This album is not only a return to Bridgewater’s roots, but it offers ground-breaking re-imagining of American Blues and R&B classics with backing by the Stax Academy Choir, Kirk Whalum and recorded at Willie Mitchell’s world-renowned Royal Studios. Co-Produced by Bridgewater and close friend Kirk Whalum (a Memphis native) the Memphis…Yes, I’m Ready album features such crowd pleasers as “Hound Dog,” “The Thrill is Gone” and “Try a Little Tenderness,” among others.


In a career spanning four decades, 2017 NEA Jazz Master, three-time Grammy and Tony award winner, and UN Goodwill Ambassador Dee Dee Bridgewater is a pillar of the upper echelon of jazz artists.


The album is available now:



  1. Yes, I'm Ready
  2. Giving Up
  3. I Can't Get Next To You
  4. Going Down Slow
  5. Why?  (Am I Treated So Bad)
  6. B.A.B.Y.
  7. Thrill Is Gone
  8. The Sweeter He Is
  9. Can't Stand The Rain
  10. Don't Be Cruel
  11. Hound Dog
  12. Try A Little Tenderness
  13. (Take My Hand) Precious Lord                   


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