Cécile McLorin Salvant
Do yourself a favor and mark Monday, August 7th on your calendar, because you will not want to miss the first-ever appearance on Cape Cod by a young star quickly becoming a legend.
No jazz singer of recent memory has garnered more honors more quickly than Cécile McLorin Savant. She recently won her first GRAMMY® Award in the “Best Jazz Vocal Album” category for her latest release "For One To Love” as well as a bevy of other accolades and awards including NPR honoring WomanChild as the Best Jazz Vocal Album Of The Year in its annual critics poll.
Others were now taking notice. “She has poise, elegance, soul, humor, sensuality, power, virtuosity, range, insight, intelligence, depth and grace,” announced Wynton Marsalis. “If anyone can extend the lineage of the Big Three—Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald—it is this 23-year-old virtuoso,” added Stephen Holden in the New York Times. The up-and-coming vocalist was now a legitimate jazz star.
In more recent months, McLorin Salvant’s work has moved beyond the jazz world and entered into the broader culture. You can hear it on commercials for Chanel, or in the soundtrack for the HBO show Bessie. But this crossover success has come without compromise. As critic Nate Chinen aptly notes, “whatever else you might say about her,” McLorin Salvant sounds “clearly, unmistakably like a jazz singer.”