BIOGRAPHY For New Orleans native, Breggett Rideau, her first CD Release "the opportune tune…" afforded her the chance to do something she loves to do, which is sing and tell the story of her life through her phenomenal voice to appease the appetite of jazz enthusiasts and lovers of real, live music. This critically acclaimed songstress has defined an amazing legacy and has been a trailblazer throughout the DFW metroplex when it comes to preserving the rich, cultural heritage of traditional jazz music.
According to The Dallas Morning News, "Ms. Rideau is one artist who’s worth searching out. With her deep, resonant voice and her total command of jazz and soul, she’s one of the area’s most promising singers." Breggett Rideau pronounced (Breg’-Get Rid-Doe), was born in New Orleans, a graduate of Louisiana State University, where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Natural Science and worked as a Food Microbiologist for a number of years. Breggett’s interest in jazz started when she was just 3 years old. Her father, being a jazz purist, and Nancy Wilson and Carmen McRae records playing day and night. With that kind of start, her encounter with the stage and lights was inevitable.
With her first CD release, "the opportune time…," back in 2003, Breggett Rideau has garnered critical acclaim not only from local publications and internet sources, but also from international institutions. By the invitation of Dr. Gene Cho, Ph.D Regents Professor, University of North Texas and Hang Zhou Conservatory, Breggett has performed and lectured at Shanghai Conservatory, Shanghai, China in the spring of 2005. She has made history as the first woman of color/jazz artist from the United States to attend. Breggett is one artist who has accepted her true gift and is committed to releasing the power of music to live audiences all over the world and even back here in the great state of Texas.
Her resume has continued to be filled with onstage opportunities coupled with dynamic collaborations from as far off as Paris, France to the forever thriving stage of Brooklyn Jazz Café in Dallas, TX. As a vocalist, her music stints have encompassed sharing the stage with Wynton Marsalis and Marcus Miller; headlining a night of elegance tribute to Gordon Parks at The Dallas Museum of Art; earning her right as a distinguished Grammy voter, an honor that recognizes the ‘best of the best’ in the world of music; and even continuing her legendary circuit right next door at The Fort Worth Botanical Gardens and Ovations; Breggett Rideau is primed and poised to take this city by storm by build a following, a self sustaining legacy, of jazz enthusiasts and music phenoms that just can’t get enough of the entertainment value she brings to every stage she takes command of and rightfully owns.
What’s next on the horizon for such a ‘sought after’ vocalist? Experience Breggett at The Holiday Blues and Coltrane Jazz Festival on July 5th hosted by Brooklyn Jazz Café at 8:00pm. Then on July 31, 2008, Breggett Rideau graced the stage and performed live at The House of Blues for the release of the next chapter of her life, the debut of ‘More’.