Photographer's Note

Dee Dee is a passionate jazz singer, who reveres Ella Fitgerald. Her concert covered old favorites and new music inspired by her journey to find her roots which she believes began in Mali. Although she wasn't able to document this, the country's music speaks to her.

I'm sure she left the ship after her performance, she talked of an earlier cruise perfomance under very rough conditions; saying she had only agreed to do this while the ship was in port. Doubtless, Roberta Gambarinni will make the same stipulations in the future.

She recieved a Tony Award for 'Best Featured Actress in a Musical – The Wiz', and won two Grammy® Awards (1998’s Best Jazz Vocal Performance and Best Arrangement Accompanying a Vocal for "Cottontail" – Slide Hampton, arranger – "Dear Ella "), and France’s 1998 top honor Victoire de la Musique (Best Jazz Vocal Album).

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Additional Photos by Larry Carolan (lcarolan) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 210 W: 12 N: 383] (930)
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