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Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Cécile McLorin Salvant: Big Band Holidays

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Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis

Wynton Marsalis and The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra perform choice instrumental arrangements from the books of such key Swing Era units as Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Benny Goodman and Tommy Dorsey. Performing the band singer function is the sensational 23-year-old 2010 Thelonious Monk Competition winner Cécile McLorin Salvant, whose ability to refract the styles of such iconic performers of that era as Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday and Valaida Snow with 21st century freshness, expressivity and soulfulness gives new meaning to Marsalis’ mantra “all jazz is modern.”

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Cécile McLorin Salvant

Cécile McLorin Salvant

Born and raised in Miami, Florida by a French mother and a Haitian father, Cécile McLorin Salvant started classical piano studies at 5. In 2007, Cécile moved to Aix-en-Provence, France to study law as well as classical and baroque voice at the Darius Milhaud Conservatory. It was in Aix-en-Provence, with teacher Jean-François Bonnel, that she started learning about improvisation, instrumental and vocal repertoire ranging from the 1910s on, and sang with her first band. In 2009, after a series of concerts in Paris, she recorded her first album Cécile with Jean-François Bonnel's Paris Quintet. A year later, she won the Thelonious Monk competition in Washington D.C.

Cécile performs unique interpretations of unknown and scarcely recorded jazz and blues compositions. She focuses on a theatrical portrayal of the jazz standard and composes music and lyrics which she also sings in French, her native language, as well as in Spanish. She enjoys popularity in Europe and in the United States, performing in clubs, concert halls and festivals accompanied by renowned musicians like Jean-Francois Bonnel, Rodney Whitaker, Aaron Diehl, Sadao Watanabe and Jonathan Batiste.

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