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The world first learned of the incredible vocal artistry of Cécile McLorin Salvant when she won the prestigious 2010 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition. In just under the span of a decade she has evolved from a darling of jazz critics and fans, to a multi-GRAMMY® Award winner, to a prescient and fearless voice in music today. Her newest release, The Window, an album of duets with the pianist Sullivan Fortner, explores and extends the tradition of the piano-vocal duo and its expressive possibilities. With just Fortner’s deft accompaniment to support McLorin Salvant, the two are free to improvise and rhapsodize, to play freely with time, harmony, melody and phrasing.


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GRAMMY® Award-winning vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant has had a remarkable rise to stardom in her professional career, and she’s taking another big leap forward with Dreams and Daggers, her third album for Mack Avenue Records.

"You get a singer like this once in a generation or two." -Wynton Marsalis

“Salvant has a supple, well-trained voice with spot-on pitch.

(No vibrato-teases; no meandering warbles passing as melisma.)

Her low notes go from husky to full-bodied; her high notes float purely

and cleanly. When she scats, it’s not an ego trip but a musical game, where

notes and syllables get to shape-shift.” –The New York Times Magazine

"She had emotional range, too, inhabiting different personas in the

course of a song, sometimes even a phrase—delivering the lyrics in

a faithful spirit while also commenting on them, mining them for

unexpected drama and wit.” —The New Yorker

“You get a singer like this once in a generation or two.” -Wynton Marsalis


NPR: Jazz Singer Cécile McLorin Salvant Doesn’t Want to Sound ‘Clean and Pretty’   01.16.15

I did everything I could to not bring in any of the technical things I got from classical into jazz, and I did everything to really base it on my speaking voice and to just not try to make it sound pretty.

Cécile McLorin Salvant On Past, Present, Future   01.16.15

Ever since she stunned judges and took first place at the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition in 2010, the 27-year-old has established a legacy through an extraordinary command of jazz mythology augmented with her own eclectic tastes and surprising interpretations. Revue talked with Cecile McLorin Salvant about where her art is headed next and the inspiration and motivations that are driving her.

The Best Jazz Albums of 2017   01.16.15

Cécile McLorin Salvant, "She’s a storyteller, mining their lyrics for wit and drama that other singers, even great ones, glide by.” — "It’s the best jazz vocal album in a decade, maybe longer. Oh, and she’s 28 years old.” — Slate

Singer Cécile McLorin Salvant and pianist Bill Charlap revitalize mainstream jazz tradition from wit   01.16.15

This fantastic double bill testifies to the enduring power and malleability of mainstream jazz tradition, where dazzling facility, individual voice, and casual erudition can bring new vitality to decades-old approaches.

Grammy-Award Winning Artist Cecile McLorin Salvant Is Deeply Rooted in Music   01.16.15

Jazz singer/songwriter Cecile McLorin Salvant is an artist that is on the rise! At 28, Salvant is truly making her name for herself in the music industry. She is an artist that reminds people why good music is still alive.

12 Young American Jazz Musicians You Need To Know   01.16.15

Born to a French mother and a Haitian father in Miami, Florida, Cécile McLorin Salvant was singing and playing classical piano before she reached the age of 10. A move to France in 2007 saw her study improvisation and vocal repertoire under respected reedist Jean-François Bonnel. Success followed the recording of her debut album, Cécile, in 2009, winning the the 2010 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocals Competition. 

Cécile McLorin Salvant looks for the contradictions in jazz   01.16.15

Cécile McLorin Salvant, perhaps the brightest star among jazz singers under 40, and whose retro glasses make her look like a clerk at a hipster vinyl shop, has always had old-school tastes.

Music Review: Cecile McLoren Salvant, Dreams and Daggers   01.16.15

'There's nothing ordinary about Cecile McLoren Salvant. At 27 she's made her way to the frontline of jazz by not following the usual pathway... Dreams and Daggers will offer you a high level of reward and you'll want to add the name Cecile McLoren Salvant to your future watch-list.'

Top tens: our favorite albums of the year   01.16.15

When we polled our music writers for their favorite albums last year, there was little crossover — not surprising when you consider that one critic loves jazz, another specializes in hip-hop, another favors country and yet another can’t get enough post-punk rock. This year, however, those same seven writers submitted lists with a bit more in common.

Cecile McLorin [email protected] Hall UCSB 04.27.16   01.16.15

While most vocalists make the mistake of either strictly adhering to the American Songbook or flailing away in improvisations, Cecile McLorin Salvant showed that it is possible to embrace both worlds of tradition and art as she deftly demonstrated at UCSB Campbell Hall Wednesday night.

At Berklee, the sounds of ‘Jelly Roll’ Morton and George Gershwin   01.16.15

The usual setup of Cecile McLorin Salvant and Aaron Diehl’s working trio, with bassist Paul Sikivie and drummer Lawrence Leathers, was for this project expanded to an octet

Cécile McLorin Salvant seeks to spread jazz to new generations   01.16.15

Audiences familiar with Cécile McLorin Salvant’s work already know to expect a unique performance, with one of the artist’s trademark moves being a tendency to switch up her set list as the mood strikes.

Cécile McLorin Salvant’s “Dreams and Daggers” Live at The Village Vanguard   01.16.15

“...the crowd goes wild. They loved her and you will too. If you zone her out (not easy to do) and pay attention to the trio, you’ll feel the same about them too.”

15 Great Albums You Probably Didn’t Hear in 2017   01.16.15

Bob Dylan has spent recent years demonstrating the Great American Songbook's greatness – however, he's hardly the only one re-animating it for a new era. Cécile McLorin Salvant, regularly and rightly, is considered one of the greatest jazz singers of her generation, but that label sells her short.

Cecile McLorin Salvant Brings Theatricality, Musicality to Spoleto Jazz Series   01.16.15

Winner of the 2010 Thelonious Monk Competition, Cecile McLorin Salvant performs her interpretations of the standards and shares some original songs, too.

PBS “The Open Mind” interview Cécile McLorin Salvant   01.16.15

"I was fascinated with the idea of a dream- like a dream that you have at night while you’re sleeping, and the whole idea of sleeping into another world. And how that’s still linked to your waking life."

Stereophile: Cecile McLorin Salvant, Dreams and Daggers   01.16.15

"Cécile McLorin Salvant, who recently turned 28, can do it all: she sings standard ballads, upbeat bop and pop, feisty anthems, earthy blues; before turning exclusively to jazz, she also studied Baroque and classical singing..."

The 2017 NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll   01.16.15

Recording live at the Village Vanguard has become a rite of passage for performers on their way up. A program ranging from '20s black vaudeville to feminist-themed originals shows off everything this talented singer can do, which is plenty. (Mack Avenue)

Cécile McLorin Salvant Soars at the Village Vanguard   01.16.15

“I see them as little passageways or little remarks on what just happened,” she says. “Most of the songs I wrote were reactions to the standards on the album.”

Cécile McLorin Salvant: Wide Open Window   01.16.15

Taken together, Ogresse and The Window strongly suggest that Salvant is the kind of performer who does it her way. At this point in her still relatively new career, she’s earned the rare opportunity to write her own ticket, and make outré gestures that defy expectation. Refreshingly, she isn’t chasing any commercial ideal of what a jazz singer should be—and in fact, it isn’t even apparent that she wants her audience to regard her as a jazz singer in the first place.

Cecile McLorin Salvant [San Diego Union-Tribune]   01.16.15

Rising vocal sensation Cécile McLorin Salvant is not the first young Grammy Award-winner to warmly thank her parents for their early and unwavering musical support. But she may well be one of the first to suggest, with a broad smile, that a certain degree of fear may also have been also a factor. 

Esperanza Spalding, Maceo Parker & 5 Other Best Moments From the 2017 Newport Jazz Festival   01.16.15

Vocal jazz is as popular as ever, and as critically underrated as ever -- no surprise, given that the majority of its practitioners are women. With her Friday afternoon set, Cécile McLorin-Salvant showed once again how foolish that divide is with a truly exceptional rendition of Duke Ellington’s "Sophisticated Lady"

Pitchfork: Cécile McLorin Salvant - Dreams and Daggers   01.16.15

At just 28, jazz vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant has already been lauded by the music industry, including its figurehead Wynton Marsalis, who said that a singer of her caliber only comes by “once in a generation or two.”

And Look—She’s a Star!   01.16.15

"There’s quiet and stillness and an air of reverence in the room, no matter who’s onstage—or so there had been at the dozens of shows I’ve attended at the Vanguard until this fall, when I saw Cécile McLorin Salvant."

Cecile McLorin Salvant: Race, sex and all that jazz   01.16.15

The elegant swoops from high to low are pure Ella Fitzgerald. The undercurrent of rage and sorrow recalls Billie Holiday. Her low notes channel the raw blues moan of Bessie Smith. And Sarah Vaughan's sassy spirit haunts her high notes.

Cecile McLorin Salvant   01.16.15

When the jazz vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant sings “Somewhere” on her fifth album, The Window, she approaches the American standard with complete knowledge of its monumental past—and its possibilities in the present. [Pitchfork]

New York Times - The Year in Music Videos   01.16.15

There are still innovative artist-created music videos, but in the modern age, all the musician can really control is the song — what’s done with it once it’s in the world is anyone’s guess. Here are critics’ picks of the best music videos of 2015

Grammys 2016: Cécile McLorin Salvant and Maria Schneider are among the jazz winners   01.16.15

... this year's win by 26-year-old jazz vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant, who lost out in the jazz vocal category in her first nomination in 2014 but came back to earn honors this year for her lauded album "For One to Love." Salvant beat out albums by Lorraine Feather, Karrin Allyson, Denise Donatelli and Jamison Ross.

Cécile McLorin Salvant Soars at the Village Vanguard   01.16.15

“She makes the song her world and then uses her well-developed instrument to let others feel genuine emotions from that world, reveal the lessons from that world. And she has a marvelous and confident sense of taste.”

Cécile McLorin Salvant: Review of new double album from the gifted young singer   01.16.15

“It seems safe to posit that Cécile McLorin Salvant is not only the most successful female jazz singer to emerge since the turn of the millennium but also the most dynamically skilled…” — JazzTimes


"The irreproachably hip, fiendishly virtuosic Cécile McLorin Salvant continues her one-woman revitalization of the once-grand vocal-jazz tradition with another fine showcase for her savvy and adventurous approach to both song selection and interpretation.” —Magnet Magazine

Album Review: Cécile McLorin Salvant’s ‘The Window’   01.16.15

The multiple-Grammy-winning 29-year-old offers a master class in jazz singing with her fourth album, which benefits from a pianist who sounds as majestically unhinged as she does. [Variety]

All the Best Concerts, of What the Critics Have Seen   01.16.15

The stage show is still where it’s possible to take the full measure of a performer, whether at a D.I.Y. party or an arena. Here, from the jazz and pop critics at The New York Times, are hundreds of 2015 concert experiences boiled down to 40

Cécile McLorin Salvant Interviews with The Last Magazine   01.16.15

This September, McLorin Salvant released For One to Love, and, as much as the new album continues with the tradition of the jazz and pop standards she has become known for, the now 2016 Grammy-nominated For One to Love is different. It’s an effort of, well, love.

NPR First Listen: Cécile McLorin Salvant, ‘For One To Love’   01.16.15

In an age when singing the blues has been so thoroughly subsumed and reconfigured within other American pop-music traditions, when a main stem has become an offshoot branch, how is a self-aware jazz vocalist supposed to sell out emotionally — and expect to sell it to a wide audience?

The Vast, Versatile Range Of Cécile McLorin Salvant   01.16.15

Cécile McLorin Salvant has been called "the finest jazz singer to emerge in the last decade.” "Her blues are blue. Her swings swing," Kaplan says. "She has vast, almost operatic range.” He also says that Salvant digs into a lyric like an actress.

Examiner: Fearless and daring, Cécile McLorin Salvant wins another Grammy nomination   01.16.15

Salvant is up against some stiff competition: Denise Donatelli’s Find A Heart, Lorraine Feather’s Flirting With Disaster, Jamison Ross’ Jamison, and Karrin Allyson’s Many A New Day. But then the vocal album category is usually the biggest jazz deal, year after year, and the most recognized outside the genre — next to best jazz instrumental.

Cecile McLorin Savant [Stereophile]   01.16.15

How the hell could I have missed Cecile McLorin Salvant? It's not as if she's been toiling in obscurity. She won the Thelonious Monk award in 2010, the Downbeat Critics' Prize for best jazz album (WomanChild) in 2014, and a Grammy for best jazz vocal album (For One to Love) just this year. She's been singing with her trio at the Village Vanguard this past week, and every set has been sold out or nearly so.


Only a few years into her career, the singer has absorbed the music’s history and made it her own. " was clear right away that the hype was justified. She sang with perfect intonation, elastic rhythm, an operatic range from thick lows to silky highs."

‘The Window’ Showcases The Wide-Ranging Talent Of Singer Cécile McLorin Salvant   01.16.15

McLorin Salvant's powerful voice takes center state on her new album, a duo with pianist Sullivan Fortner. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead says the music on The Window is riveting.