Jazz prodigy Cécile McLorin Salvant to Perform in Blue Bell

Photo courtesy of Cécile McLorin Salvant

Photo courtesy of Cécile McLorin Salvant

Jazz prodigy Cécile McLorin Salvant will channel the sounds of Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald at Montgomery County Community College on Saturday, February 21, at 8 p.m. in the Science Center Theater, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell. Tickets cost $28. Visit mc3.edu/livelyarts or call 215-641-6518 for more information and tickets.

At just 24 years old, Salvant has already dazzled audiences around the world with her expressive style and masterful vocal technique, performing with renowned musicians and as a featured soloist with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. A Thelonious Monk Competition winner with a Grammy nomination already under her belt, she rediscovers and theatrically expresses unique interpretations of scarcely recorded jazz and blues compositions.

Born to a French mother and Haitian father and raised in Florida, Salvant studied at the University of Miami and at the Darius Milhaud Conservatory in Aix-en-Provence, France, where she started singing with her first band. She quickly gained a strong following in Europe and the United States, composing her own songs and performing at numerous concert halls and music festivals.

Critical acclaim has been equally impressive, with New York Times critics raving that Salvant “has it all: perfect pitch and enunciation, a playful sense of humor, a rich and varied tonal palette, a supple sense of swing, exquisite taste in songs and phrasing, and a deep connection to lyrics.” This past year she earned four awards in the 62nd Annual DownBeat International Critics Poll, which chose her Grammy-nominated album, “WomanChild,” as jazz album of the year and named her top and rising- star female vocalist and rising-star jazz artist.

Funded through the Mid-Atlantic Tours program of the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the William Penn Foundation, Salvant’s performance is part of the College’s 2014-15 Lively Arts series, “Old School, New School.” Upcoming performances include Latin American folkloric and jazz musician Miguel Zenón on March 21 and legendary harmonica player Grégoire Maret on April 18.

The Lively Arts programs have connected the community for more than a quarter century. In addition to performances from internationally acclaimed artists, each season features a Young Arts Explorers series; student choral, jazz ensemble, guitar, dance and theater performances; the Presidential Symposium and Richard K. Bennett Distinguished Lectureship for Peace and Social Justice; and the Betzwood Film Festival.

For more information, visit mc3.edu/livelyarts, email livelyarts@mc3.edu or call the Box Office at 215-641-6518. Follow the College’s “Destination Arts” page on Facebook at facebook.com/DestinationArts.

~ by Lauren Somers

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