Cécile McLorin Salvant
@ the Love Supreme Jazz Festival
2 July 2016
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Cécile McLorin Salvant was born and raised in Miami, Florida
of a French mother and a Haitian father. She started classical piano
studies at 5, and began singing in the Miami Choral Society at 8.
Early on, she developed an interest in classical voice, began studying
with private instructors, and later with Edward Walker, vocal teacher
at the University of Miami.
In 2007, McLorin Salvant moved to Aix-en-Provence, France, to
study law as well as classical and baroque voice at the Darius Milhaud
Conservatory. It was in Aix-en-Provence, with reedist and teacher
Jean-François Bonnel. She started learning about jazz, and
sang with her first band. In 2009, after a series of concerts in
Paris, she recorded her first album “Cécile,”
with Jean-François Bonnel's Paris Quintet. A year later,
she won the Thelonious Monk competition in Washington D.C.
Over the years, she has developed a curiosity for the history
of American music, and the connections between jazz, vaudeville,
blues, and folk music. McLorin Salvant carefully chooses her repertoire,
oftentimes unearthing rarely recorded, forgotten songs, with strong
McLorin Salvant enjoys popularity in Europe and in the United States,
performing in clubs, concert halls, and festivals. In 2014, her
second album, “WomanChild” (Mack Avenue Records) was
nominated for a Grammy.
Her third album, “For One To Love” (for Mack Avenue
Records), was recorded in 2015 with Aaron Diehl (piano), Paul Sikivie
(bass), and Lawrence Leathers (drums). In 2016, “For One To
Love” won the Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album.