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Cécile McLorin Salvant

About this Artist

One of the most acclaimed vocalists of her generation, CÉCILE MCLORIN SALVANT is the winner of the 2010 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition. Other honors include her being selected for Jazz Album of the Year by the DownBeat International Critics Poll and NPR, as well as Up-and-Coming Jazz Artist of the Year and Top Female Vocalist from the Jazz Journalists Association. Cécile grew up in a bilingual household in Miami and traveled to Aix-en-Provence to pursue a degree in French law while training as a classical and baroque singer before switching to jazz. “If anyone can extend the lineage of the Big Three — Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald — it is [her],” wrote The New York Times. Her last two Mack Avenue releases, For One to Love and Dreams and Daggers, each won Grammy Awards for Best Jazz Vocal Album. Her newest Mack Avenue release, The Window, an album of duets with the pianist Sullivan Fortner, was released on September 28, 2018. Rolling Stone describes Cécile as “one of the greatest jazz singers of her generation, but that label sells her short.”