DDB PRODUCTIONS, INC. is a boutique Production and Personal Management company. Launched in 1996 by world-renowned jazz artist, Dee Dee Bridgewater, the company focuses on music, theatre, film and television. DDB Productions, Inc. is a growing group of seasoned, creative and entertainment professionals.
Specializing in Jazz, World, and Alternative music, DDB RECORDS is an independent record label conceived by Dee Dee Bridgewater to support and promote artistic diversity. Through its negotiated distribution agreements with such industry giants as Sony, Universal Music Group, Decca/EmArcy and Navarre, DDB Records artists receive premier exposure and product support.
DEE DEE BRIDGEWATER
Bridgewater’s career has always bridged musical genres. She earned her first professional experience as a member of the legendary Thad Jones/Mel Louis Big Band, and throughout the 70’s she performed with such jazz notables as Max Roach, Sonny Rollins, Dexter Gordon and Dizzy Gillespie. After a foray into the pop world during the 1980s, she relocated to Paris and began to turn her attention back to Jazz. Bridgewater began self-producing with her 1993 album Keeping Tradition (Polydor/Verve) and created DDB records in 2006 when she signed with the Universal Music Group as a producer (Bridgewater produces all of her own CDs). Releasing a series of critically-acclaimed CD's, all but one, including her wildly successful double Grammy Award-winning tribute to Ella Fitzgerald, Dear Ella - have received Grammy nominations.
Bridgewater also pursued a parallel career in musical theater, winning a Tony Award for her role as “Glinda” in The Wiz in 1975. Having recently completed a run as the lead role of Billie Holiday in the off-Broadway production of Lady Day, her other theatrical credits include Sophisticated Ladies, Black Ballad, Carmen, Cabaret and the Off-Broadway and West End Productions of Lady Day, for which Bridgewater received the British Laurence Olivier Nomination for Best Actress in a Musical.
As a Goodwill Ambassador to the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Bridgewater continues to appeal for international solidarity to finance global grassroots projects in the fight against world hunger. In April 2017 was the recipient of an NEA Jazz Masters Fellows Award with honors bestowed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. In December 2017, Bridgewater was presented with the ASCAP Foundation Champions award acknowledging her charitable contributions. She is currently on tour worldwide in support of “Memphis,” her new CD.
Transitioning into the world of television, Tulani helped rebuild the Talent department of kid-cabler, Nickelodeon, handling celebrity and network talent for domestic and international outlets, both on and off-air. After nearly four years with the network, she decided to resume her career in music management and production.
Together with Dee Dee Bridgewater, Tulani expanded DDB Productions, Inc. into a full-fledged international management and production firm. She also helped develop DDB Records, which has put out Grammy award-winning titles for Dee Dee Bridgewater and released Theo Croker's critically acclaimed "AfroPhysicist". Croker’s subsequent releases “DVRKFUNK” and “Escape Velocity” have been called the future of Jazz.
Dee Dee's most recent album, “Memphis...Yes, I’m Ready”, was co-produced by Bridgewater-Kowalski and has been an unprecedented foray into R&B and Blues fused with Jazz and is being heralded as one of Bridgewater’s finest albums to date. 2019 brings the anticipated release of Theo Croker's newest album "Star People Nation" (Sony Masterworks). After appearing on albums for J.Cole, Ari Lennox and Common, SPN is already being lauded as a breakthrough.
With over eight years of touring experience, Shariatzadeh excels as Day-to-Day Manager, Tour Manager, Production Manager and Event Production Manager for live musical and theatrical productions. Her extensive administrative and logistical experience for large scale events in theatre, arena and outdoor settings both domestically and internationally. Managing a crew of 35+ while touring with a company that performed 500+ shows/ year, Shelby's strong budget preparation and analysis experience coupled with her strong interpersonal and team building skills make her an indispensable part of the DDB team.