Cécile McLorin Salvant
Cécile McLorin Salvant is easily one of the most highly anticipated jazz vocalists to emerge in years. Born in the U.S. to French and Haitian parents, the recently turned 24-year-old became the youngest winner of the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition in 2010. Since then, she has received critical acclaim for her debut Mack Avenue project, WomanChild, from media outlets such as The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and NPR’s “All Things Considered” and “Fresh Air,” comparing her to the likes of Billie Holliday, Bessie Smith, and Sarah Vaughn, among others. McLorin Salvant will be accompanied by labelmate, musical director, and pianist Aaron Diehl, bassist David Wong and drummer Rodney Green.
“Ms. McLorin Salvant has it all…. If anyone can extend the lineage of the Big Three—Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald—it is this 23-year-old virtuoso.” – Stephen Holden, New York Times