Dee Dee Bridgewater Masterclass – Newman Center for the Performing Arts

Dee Dee Bridgewater Masterclass

NEA Jazz Master Dee Dee Bridgewater led a masterclass for high school students to encourage and equip aspiring young artists in Colorado.

On November 9, 2019, jazz sensation Dee Dee Bridgewater held her masterclass at Newman Center with students from East High School in Denver. The session coached the students on vocal techniques and shared her invaluable knowledge from her five decades in the performance industry. Our masterclasses are an important Newman Center outreach project aimed at encouraging local talent to learn from insider expertise in their industry.  

Bridgewater’s masterclass was inspirational, compassionate, and meaningful as one East High School Jazz Choir student explained, “Dee Dee spoke a lot about motivation and passion, which had a lasting impact on me that I will take into any career I go into.”  

Dee Dee Bridgwater’s accolades speak for themselves. During her illustrious career, she’s received multiple Grammys, a Tony award, and in 2017 she became one of 21 women to receive the title of an NEA Jazz Master. Bridgewater has also pursued a parallel career in musical theatre. Performing as Glinda the Good Witch on Broadway, Billie Holiday in the off-Broadway production of Lady, as well as other prominent roles in Black BalladCarmenCabaret, amongst others. It is the marriage of the two experiences that makes Bridgewater’s masterclasses so valuable.

The ability to make use of the stage inherited from theatre has informed Dee Dee Bridgewater as an ever evolving and accomplished performer. In Bridgewater’s interview with ARTS ATL magazine she explained that her key advice to aspiring artists is “to take some acting classes to enhance their use of stage,” expanding “there’s a way to stand still and sing and draw people in with your emotions.” Behind the scenes our masterclasses connect successful artists with the next generation of singers, dancers, musicians and performers in our community. 


Masterclasses at the Newman Center

For information about the Newman Center’s educational programming:
Melissa Vuletich / melissa.vuletich@du.edu