WHO: Dee Dee Bridgewater – jazz vocalist, Tony and Grammy Award winner, ambassador to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
WHAT: Melbourne International Jazz Festival
WHEN: 28 May to 7 June 2015
I’m inspired by my family, people I admire, the blessings I’ve had in my life and career, my children’s successes, and my spiritual belief in the power of prayer.
I love music in any format and each creative outlet requires different disciplines.
All my awards are important to me as they are acknowledgements that I have excelled in the eyes of the individuals behind the award given.
I am, of course proudest of the major awards and nominations I’ve received due to their notoriety.
My first visit to the Melbourne International Jazz Festival was a memorable experience. I enjoyed the city and had lovely interactions with the people of Melbourne, both as a tourist and participating artist. It’s good to be invited to return. When they attend my shows, I want my audiences to lose themselves in the musical experiences, in the stories being told. I want them to feel the joy of the music the way I do, to forget about their personal problems, to go away from the concert inspired and with renewed spiritual and mental strength.
I’m still active with the FAO in varying capacities. I was unaware of the FAO before my 1999 induction but was invited to be one of the first four goodwill ambassadors by the then General Director Jacques Diouf. The cooperative program launched by Jacques Diouf was impressive, and this is where our initial focus was, on bringing more public awareness to the program.
I am doing all that I can to personally lessen climate change. I am a huge supporter of recycling and live in a green apartment complex in New York City.
I am careful in hotels not to require linen and towel changing during all stays, and write to hotel management suggesting their hotel enrol in a green program if one doesn’t exist.
I believe climate change is definitely happening and am trying to do my part and make individuals I interact with more aware of our individual responsibility to lessen climate change.