Virtually unknown a few years ago, vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant has taken the jazz world by storm. Critics have praised her singing as “singularly arresting” and “artistry of the highest class.”
At 21, she won first prize in the 2010 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition. Since then, she’s released four albums and received two Grammys (both for best jazz vocal album, the latest for her 2017 release, “Dreams and Daggers”). Currently on tour, she appears on an SCP Jazz double bill with the Bill Charlap Trio on March 9 at Orchestra Hall.
Wynton Marsalis, who has twice hired Salvant to tour with his Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, said of Salvant in a recent feature in the New Yorker: “You get a singer like this once in a generation or two.” He admits that Salvant might not have reached this peak just yet. Then he added, “could Michael Jordan do all he would do in his third year? No, but you could tell what he was going to do. Cécile’s the same way.”
TOP: Cécile McLorin Salvant accepts a statuette for best jazz vocal album at the 60th annual Grammy Awards. | Photo: The Recording Academy