Cécile McLorin Salvant
In 2010 she emerged from almost complete obscurity to win the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocals Competition. Now, at age 23, Cécile McLorin Salvant is being hailed as a virtuoso showing remarkable artistic maturity and already ranked with the holy trinity of Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, and Sarah Vaughan. The notoriously picky Wynton Marsalis has gushed that she possesses "poise, elegance, soul, humor, sensuality, power, virtuosity, range, insight, intelligence, depth, and grace," all of which are abundant on her U.S. debut, WomanChild. The Miami-born daughter of a French mother and Haitian father, Salvant studied classical music and only turned to jazz while attending college in France. She then immersed herself in vintage jazz and blues, leading to an extraordinary repertoire that embraces roots, covering the likes of Bessie Smith, Fats Waller, and the folk standard "John Henry" with scintillating vibrancy. Her version of the Holiday-covered standard "What a Little Moonlight Can Do" alone is a splendid tour de force, while the 1935 ditty "You Bring Out the Savage in Me" radiates steamy energy, comic lunacy, and sly social commentary. (Photo by John Abbott)
Sun., March 9, 7 & 9 p.m., 2014
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