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Jazz legend Dee Dee Bridgewater, Theo Croker at Palladium

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 Indiana music lovers have the chance to hear legendary singer Dee Dee Williams Friday, Dec. 20 at the Palladium in Carmel, as she pays tribute to another jazz legend— Ella Fitzgerald.

Appearing with Bridgewater is jazz-trumpeter and Afro-physicist Theo Croker, the grandson of the late Grammy-award winner Doc Cheatham.

Bridgewater told the Indianapolis Recorder Newspaper in a phone interview that she’s missed Naptown.

“It’s been a minute and I’m very excited to come back, I love it,” said Bridgewater. “I usually perform at the Madame Walker Theatre.”

Besides the venue at the brand-new Palladium in Carmel, the concert will be a departure from the contemporary jazz that she and Croker usually perform, Bridgewater said.

“It’s our very first traditional jazz concert,” she said. “We’ve been doing more modern work, this is going to be interesting! I was asked specifically to do the Ella Fitzgerald (tribute).”

“I’m going to fly into Indianapolis, rehearse with Theo, and perform,” said Bridgewater confidently. 

Using music from her double Grammy Award winning CD, “Dear Ella”, Bridgewater will perform the songs of the great jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald. Bridgewater garnered two Grammy Awards for “Best Jazz Vocal Performance” and “Best Instrumental Arrangement with Accompanying Vocals” for this music.

Bridgewater won a 1974 Tony Award as Glinda the Good Witch in “The Wiz.” Other theatrical credits include leads in “Sophisticated Ladies” “Cosmopolitan Greetings,” “Black Ballad,” “Carmen,” “Cabaret” and as Billie Holiday in “Lady Day”… for which she was Olivier Award nominated as Best Actress.

 She is also a United Nations Ambassador for the Food and Agriculture Organization.

For more information about the performance and to buy tickets, visit TheCenterPresents.org or call the box office at (317) 843-3800.

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