Cécile McClorin Salvant

Jun 19, 2013 08:00 PM - 10:00 PM

SFJAZZ Center
$25, Members $18

In one of the most eagerly anticipated concerts of the season, the heralded young jazz singer Cécile McLorin Salvant makes her California debut on the cusp of American stardom. Since winning the 2010 Thelonious Monk International Vocals Competition, Salvant has been on a steady ascent, gaining new fans by the bushel. Her stateside visibility got a boost via Jacky Terrasson’s recent album Gouache and an appearance with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, but her American debut, WomanChild (Mack Avenue), offers US audiences their first real opportunity to hear why Salvant has become a European sensation. 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. She was born and raised in Miami, where her French mother and Haitian father encouraged her musical inclinations. At eight she started singing in the Miami Choral Society and moved to Aix-en-Provence in 2007 to study voice at the Darius Milhaud Conservatory. Introduced to improvisation, she delved into 20th century music and started performing with a jazz combo, recording her first album Cécile with Jean-François Bonnel's Paris Quintet. With a repertoire full of lesser-known jazz and blues tunes, Salvant brings theatrical intensity to every song, whether singing in English, French or Spanish.

201 Franklin Street

San Francisco 94102

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