Recent Grammy winners jazz up Spoleto

Cécile McLorin Salvant and Arturo O’Farrill to perform

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Arturo O'Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra - JOHN ABBOTT
  • John Abbott
  • Arturo O'Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra
Two recent Grammy-winning artists are set to light up the stage as a part of Spoleto’s Wells Fargo Jazz Series.

On June 3, Cécile McLorin Salvant will be at the College of Charleston Cistern Yard to perform tracks from her album For One to Love, which took home the Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Album last month. Winning with just her second nomination, the 26-year-old vocalist grew up in Miami, Fla. before moving to France in 2007 to study law and music. Trained in the classical style, McLorin Salvant soon discovered jazz, which she says allowed her to better express her full range as a performer.

Cécile McLorin Salvant - JOHN ABBOTT
  • John Abbott
  • Cécile McLorin Salvant
“I never wanted to sound clean and pretty,” she said in an interview with NPR. “In jazz, I felt I could sing these deep, husky lows if I want, and then these really tiny, laser highs if I want, as well.”

Also fresh off a third Grammy win for Best Instrumental Composition for the track “The Afro Latin Jazz Suite,” Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra will perform at the Cistern Yard during the festival’s opening weekend, May 28 and 29. Backed by an 18-piece jazz orchestra, Farrill is a pianist and composer celebrated for his Latin style.

The son of composer Chico O’Farrill, Arturo was born in Mexico and raised in New York City where he received his formal training at the Manhattan School of Music, Brooklyn College Conservatory, and the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College. Preserving his family’s musical legacy, while incorporating new influences like hip-hop and spoken word, O’Farrill has said that part of his mission is to enlarge the definition of Latin jazz — because in music, there are no borders.

Tickets to hear both performers are still available and can be purchased online at spoletousa.org.


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