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Dee Dee Bridgewater - Memphis. Yes, I'm Ready gets #5 vocal spot in 2017 NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll

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Every picture tells a story; every journey begins differently. The story of Dee Dee Bridgewater's stunning new album, Memphis...Yes, I'm Ready, begins in that city, where she was born at Collins Chapel Hospital, located not far from where the album was recorded at Producer Willie Mitchell's historic Royal Studios.  Dee Dee's father, a trumpet player affectionately known as "Matt the Platter Cat" was a DJ at WDIA, the top Memphis radio station, and even when the family moved to neighboring Flint, Michigan, the young Dee Dee continued to listen to the great sounds of the Memphis music scene by tuning-in late night from across state lines.  And oh what a music scene it was!

This is what consensus in jazz looks like now: The vote for 2017's best new recording in NPR's Fifth Annual Jazz Critics Poll, has Dee Dee Bridgewater - Memphis. Yes, I'm Ready coming in at #5 Vocal with 6 Votes.