CECILE McLORIN SALVANT
photo credit: Joe Allen
Cécile McLorin Salvant grew up in a French/Haitian household in Miami. Piano studies began at age nice; at eight she joined the Miami Choral Society. After high school, McLorin Salvant continued her education in Aix-en-Provence, beginning a career as a jazz performer, while pursuing a degree in French law and training as a classical/baroque singer. Her 2016 Grammy Award-winning CD, For One to Love, may be the defining jazz statement on romance in the new millennium - a heartfelt album that embodies the range of the American popular song idiom, but distills it into the personal expression of a modern-day poet-troubadour. “She has poise, elegance, soul, humor, sensuality, power, virtuosity, range, insight, intelligence, depth and grace,” said Wynton Marsalis. The NYT wrote, “If anyone can extend the lineage of the Big Three - Billie, Sarah and Ella - it is this 26-year-old virtuoso.” The Nation wrote, “With her ability to tease out such complexity in every song, Cécile McLorin Salvant has created a repertoire twice as deep as other singers.” She has three Grammy wins, including one for her latest album, The Window (Mack Avenue), and in June 2020, she was recently awarded The Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Order of Arts and Letters) by the French Government.