Dee Dee Bridgewater is a supremely talented jazz singer whose records have not always been indicative of her skills. Her best work came with the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis big band. She can sing loud or soft, do brassy upbeat tunes, blues, or sentimental ballads, and she became popular overseas in the late 70s for her one-woman show, "Lady Day." Bridgewater began performing in Michigan during the '60s, and toured the Soviet Union in 1969 with the University of Illinois big band. After marrying trumpeter Cecil Bridgewater she moved to New York in 1970. Following their divorce in the mid-'70s, Bridgewater was the principal vocalist with the Jones-Lewis band from 1972 to 1974, then appeared in the Broadway music "The Wiz" from 1974 to 1976, winning a Tony award in 1975. Bridgewater moved to Los Angeles after singing at Hopper's in New York in 1976 and studying with Roland Hanna. Bridgewater lived in Europe for several years during the '80s, appearing in Paris and London in 1986 and 1987 in the featured role of "Lady Day," Stephen Stahl's play about Billie Holiday's life. Bridgewater returned to New York in 1987 to perform, and later toured the Far East with an all-star jazz band that included James Moody, Clark Terry and Grady Tate. She's always on the edge of superstardom. Bridgewater currently has dates available on CD recorded for Verve and Impulse (MCA reissue).