When: Fri., May 25, 9 p.m. and Sat., May 26, 9 p.m. 2012
She's a winner. Two years ago, Florida-born/New York-based jazz vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant won first place in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition at the Kennedy Center in New York. The award included scholarship money and a contract with acclaimed jazz label Concord Records. In the short time after that victory, Salvant has caught the jazz world's attention as a rising star.
It's a terrific collaboration. Salvant will perform two concerts at the Cistern with support from a solid trio. New York-based pianist Aaron Diehl is a 2007 graduate of the Juilliard School, and his combo features Paul Sikivie on upright bass and Lawrence Leathers on the drum kit. Their first concert with Salvant was in April at the KC Jazz Club at the Kennedy Center. They earned rave reviews.
Expect a worldly wise set. Salvant's mother is French and her father is Haitian, so there's naturally a touch of Caribbean and European styles within her music. Salvant also studied classical composers and choral music as a young adult, and her formal training plays into her jazz-oriented work as well. Her range allows her and her band plenty of room to play and rework a variety of standards and surprises.
T. Ballard Lesemann