Grammy Award-winning jazz singer and the recipient of a Tony Award for her role as Glinda the Good Witch in The Wiz.
She sang in clubs as a member of a rock 'n' roll and blues trio in Michigan before marrying trumpeter Cecil Bridgewater.
She has worked as a United Nations Ambassador for the Food and Agriculture Organization.
Her father was a jazz trumpeter and teacher named Matthew Garrett.
She was nominated for a Lawrence Olivier Award for her portrayal of Billie Holiday in a stage production about the late singer.