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Dee Dee Bridgewater explores Her Memphis roots with 'Hound Dog' / NPR

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Denise Eileen Garrett was only 3 years old when her family moved to Flint, Mich., from Memphis, Tenn. This was long before she became Dee Dee Bridgewater, jazz-vocal superhero - to say nothing of a mother, a Tony- and Grammy-winner or an NEA Jazz Master. But Memphis left an impression on the little girl, subtle but persistent, somewhere in her psyche.

Bridgewater, 67, has been revisiting Memphis in recent years, embarked on what you might call an exploration of her root system. One byproduct of this search is her new album, Memphis. Due out Sept. 15 on DDB/OKeh/Sony Masterworks, it was recorded in that city's historic Royal Studios with a pair of pedigreed co-producers: Kirk Whalum, the Memphis-born saxophonist, and engineer Lawrence "Boo" Mitchell, grandson of the great Willie Mitchell.

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