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Saturday, September 23rd, 2017
Rhodes College and Levitt Shell Partnership continues with an appearance by Dee Dee Bridgewater and her return home to Memphis. Bridgewater, a three-time Grammy Winner, TONY Award Winner, and 2017 NEA Jazz Master, is among the most accomplished jazz performers in the world. Bridgewater was born in Memphis, where her father, Matthew Garrett, was the band director at Manassas High School in the 1950s during the time when George Coleman, Charles Lloyd, Hank Crawford, Harold Mabern, Frank Strozier were students. Her recent album Memphis (recorded at the legendary Royal Studio) signals a return by Bridgewater to her roots and her hometown, and explores the influence the city had on her during her early years.