Cécile McLorin Salvant

Cécile McLorin Salvant

Winner of the 2010 Thelonious Monk International Vocals Competition, Cécile McLorin Salvant has become one of the most celebrated young vocalists in jazz. Called "the finest jazz singer to emerge in the last decade" by The New York Times, her visibility got a boost via work with Jacky Terrasson and Wynton Marsalis, but her American debut album, the GRAMMY-nominated WomanChild, was the first real opportunity for American audiences to hear why Salvant had become a European sensation. Since then, her profile has taken a meteoric course around the world. Born in Miami to a French mother and Haitian father, she studied voice at France’s Darius Milhaud Conservatory, recording her first album Cécile with Jean-François Bonnel's Paris Quintet. Her brand new Mack Avenue album, For One to Love, includes a selection of originals and carefully selected versions of songs by Burt Bacharach, Blanche Calloway and French pop chanteuse Barbara, as well as tunes popularized by Bessie Smith and Judy Garland. Possessing a deep, velvety voice, rhythmic poise, and a sublime feel for the blues, she combines conservatory-honed technique with a beguiling gift for lyrical interpretation. With a repertoire full of lesser-known jazz and blues gems, Salvant brings theatrical intensity to every song, whether singing in English, French or Spanish.

Artist Personnel

Cécile McLorin Salvant vocals
Aaron Diehl piano
Paul Sikivie bass
Pete Van Nostrand drums

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"...the finest jazz singer to emerge in the last decade. " — The New York Times
"A young talent with a singularly arresting voice...She evokes Vaughan when she releases a taste or two of lush vibrato. She sounds a bit like Betty Carter, swooping up or down between notes to make a point; like Ella Fitzgerald, when she revels in an up-tempo groove. " — Wall Street Journal
"If anyone can extend the lineage of the Big Three - Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, and Ella Fitzgerald - it is this 23-year-old virtuoso... " — The New York Times
"She has poise, elegance, soul, humor, sensuality, power, virtuosity, range, insight, intelligence, depth and grace. " — Wynton Marsalis