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Cecile McLorin Salvant Jazz Concert

October 6, 2019 @ 7:30 pm

Xavier University Gallagher Student Center Theater

$10 – $40
Xavier Music Series
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Cecile McLorin Salvant is coming to the Xavier University Gallagher Theatre as a part of the Xavier Music Series!


The world first learned of the incredible vocal artistry of Cécile McLorin Salvant when she won the prestigious 2010 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition. She sings vaudeville, country blues, broadway songs, rarities, and her own compositions. An audience member once described her as a “postmodern cabaret singer”. 


Tickets range for $10-40 and can be purchased online. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m.
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About Cécile McLorin Salvant
Cécile McLorin Salvant was born and raised in Miami, Florida of a French mother and a Haitian father. She started classical piano studies at five and began singing in a children’s choir at eight years old. Early on, she developed an interest in classical voice.


In 2007, Cécile 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, that 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 2014, her second album, WomanChild (Mack Avenue Records) was nominated for a Grammy. Her third and fourth albums (For One To Love and Dreams and Daggers) both won Grammy Awards for Best Jazz Vocal Album. Cécile frequently makes music with Aaron Diehl, Paul Sikivie, Lawrence Leathers, Kyle Poole, and Sullivan Fortner. She has collaborated with Archie Shepp, Wynton Marsalis, John Clayton, Jeff Hamilton, Renee Rosnes, Bill Charlap, Fred Hersch, Jacky Terrasson, and Darcy James Argue.


Her latest album, released in fall of 2018, The Window, was recorded duo with Sullivan Fortner (piano), featuring Melissa Aldana (tenor saxophone).


Ben Ratliff writes in The New York Times: “she sings clearly, with her full pitch range, from a pronounced low end to full and distinct high notes, used sparingly […] Her voice clamps into each song, performing careful variations on pitch, stretching words but generally not scatting; her face conveys meaning, representing sorrow or serenity like a silent-movie actor.”


Fred Kaplan profiled Salvant in The New Yorker: “‘Mad About the Boy’ — if you just looked at the lyrics, you’d think this is really a song written by a crazy person. Or a song narrated by a crazy person. And she gets into that. It is a mad song.”


Get your tickets today to see Cécile McLorin Salvant at the Gallagher Theatre as a part of the Xavier Music Series!

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