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When Dee Dee Bridgewater learned that she would become a 2017 NEA Jazz Master, a series of thoughts and feelings flooded her mind. “It was so far out of my orbit and just my whole sphere of thinking,” she said in a conversation at NPR this spring, hours before she formally received her award.

She’s 66-far from retirement age in jazz, and on the extreme forward edge of the NEA Jazz Masters people. So she was aware of her relative youth in the field She also recognized that there haven’t been many women in the ranks of NEA Jazz Masters: fewer than 20, out of 145. That idea led her to reflect on her predecessors (前任): legendary singers like Betty Carter* who was seated back in 1992, and Abbey Lincoln, who received the nod in 2003.

Bridgewater sought inspiration and advice from both Carter and Lincoln, as she recalls in this period of Jazz Night, which features music recorded during the season opener for Jazz at Lincoln Center. On a program called “Songs of Freedom”, organized by drummer Ulysses Owens, Jr., Bridgewater sang material associated with Lincoln as well as Nina Simone: an extremely angry song of the civil rights movement, like “Mississippi Goddam”.

A separate concert, “Songs We Love”, found Bridgewater singing less politically charged (but still exciting) fare like “St. James Infirmary”, which appears on her most recent album. In words as well as music, this period reveals how seriously Bridgewater takes that responsibility, seeing as how it connects to her own experience in the jazz lineage. But maybe “seriously” isn’t the right word when it comes to Dee Dee, whose effervescence (欢腾) shines through even in a reflective mood. Join her here for a while; she’s excellent company, no more or less so now that mastery is officially a part of her resume.

1.What did Bridgewater think of her winning the award?

A. It confused her.

B. It was beyond her expectation.

C. It won great popular support for her.

D. It gave her much confidence about her career.

2.What can we learn about the musicians winning NEA Jazz Masters?

A. Women ranked higher than men.

B. Men accounted for a bigger part of them.

C. Most of them were unwilling to retire at first.

D. Many of them received the award at an early age.

3.Who is more likely to have a great influence on Bridgewater?

A. Carter and Lincoln.    B. Ulysses and Lincoln.

C. Nina Simone and Carter.    D. Nina Simone and Ulysses.

4.What does the last paragraph mainly talk about?

A. Bridgewater’s music theme.

B. Bridgewater’s music experience.

C. Bridgewater’s personal characters.

D. Bridgewater’s great achievements.

 

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1.B 2.B 3.A 4.A 【解析】本文是记叙文。介绍爵士乐歌手Bridgewater的创作经历和音乐主题。 1.推理判断题。根据It was so far out ...
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I’m no hero. I’m just an ordinary person who’d help anybody. This happened to be the time when I helped my own family. I live to protect my family. Just like Rock—he lived to protect us.

1.Why did Rock make enough noise?

A. Rock caused the fire and tried to escape.    B. Rock was warming up itself to fight cold.

C. Rock was playing upstairs and downstairs.    D. Rock tried to remind the author of the fire.

2.The author jumped off the roof ________.

A. to call for help    B. to challenge himself

C. to find tools for rescue    D. to escape being burned

3.What can we learn about the author?

A. Strict and devoted.    B. Smart and sociable.

C. Responsible and brave.    D. Powerful and considerate.

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C. A Lesson I Have Learnt    D. My Adventure Experience

 


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Information

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Date

Type of booking

Activity am

Activity pm

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Full day

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Tuesday 15 October

Full day

West FM Studio Tour

Wednesday 16

October

Half day or Full day

Athletics and Badminton

Dundonald Castle

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Full day

Rouken Glen Country Park

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Half day or Full day

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sweet treats

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Full day

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C. Prepare some sweet treats.    D. Have a West FM Studio Tour.

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C. The activity will be cancelled in bad weather.

D. The booking is available from 14 to 21 October.