Too often, jazz education happens behind closed doors. At Detroit Jazz Fest, we give it visibility through workshops and master classes open to the public in our community.
Our Dee Dee Bridgewater vocal jazz master class at the Virgil H. Carr Center (Detroit, MI), in partnership with the DSO and Arts League of Michigan, put jazz education on “Front Street.” The 200 people in the audience were as inspired and enlightened as the four selected students, who were cajoled, coached and firmly supported by Ms. Bridgewater.
One may not realize it, but there is much to be learned from a musical encounter that can affect the way any of us think and present ourselves. From how to speak, enunciate, move, dress, and oh yeah, LISTEN. It all applies to universal life skills.
Dee Dee spent over 2 1/2 hours critiquing and encouraging our talented young people in Detroit. While we all know that these students receive valuable mentoring from ourhighly accomplished Detroit-based musicians, it is frosting on the cake to have a Tony Award and two time Grammy-winning artist connect in such a personal way. And what can we say about Detroit’s own Cliff Monear? His spontaneous duet on “Bye Bye Blackbird” with Dee Dee…..Priceless!