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  • July 22, 2021

    The SFJAZZ Center in San Francisco has announced its 2021–22 concert season, and featured among the performers taking the Miner Auditorium stage are four Nonesuch artists: Joshua Redman, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Brad Mehldau, and Kronos Quartet. Tickets go on sale to members July 29 and to the general public August 5. 

  • April 20, 2021

    The Jazz Journalists Association has announced the 2021 JJA Jazz Awards nominations, including three for Rob Mazurek for the new Exploding Star Orchestra album, Dimensional Stardust; all four members of the RoundAgain quartet, Joshua Redman, Brad Mehldau, Christian McBride, and Brian Blade; performers on Pat Metheny's album From This Place, including Metheny, Linda May Han Oh, and Grégoire Maret; Jeff Parker for Suite for Max Brown; and Cécile McLorin Salvant, whose Nonesuch debut album is forthcoming.

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  • Cécile McLorin Salvant, who has been named a 2020 MacArthur Fellow, is a singer and composer bringing historical perspective, a renewed sense of drama, and an enlightened musical understanding to both jazz standards and her own original compositions. Classically trained, steeped in jazz, blues and folk, and drawing from musical theater, and vaudeville , Salvant embraces a wide ranging repertoire that broadens the possibilities for live performance.. Salvant’s nearly four-octave vocal range—from a bold, husky low register to clear high tones—animates her performances in a variety of configurations, from the spare duets for voice and piano featured on her album The Window (2018), to the instrumental trios on For One to Love (2015), to orchestral ensembles and her work with the all-female group Artemis. She locates her renditions of standards and new original compositions within a Black, feminist, yet global framework. In her fresh interpretations of lesser-known works, such as Josephine Baker’s “Si J’Étais Blanche” (If I Were White) and Bert Williams’s “Nobody,” Salvant demonstrates a deep psychological and emotional engagement with the lyrics, modulating her voice from Cécile McLorin Salvant is a singer and composer bringing historical perspective, a renewed sense of drama, and an enlightened musical understanding to both jazz standards and her own original compositions. Classically trained, steeped in jazz, blues and folk, and drawing from musical theater, and vaudeville , Salvant embraces a wide ranging repertoire that broadens the possibilities for live performance.

    Salvant’s nearly four-octave vocal range—from a bold, husky low register to clear high tones—animates her performances in a variety of configurations, from the spare duets for voice and piano featured on her album The Window (2018), to the instrumental trios on For One to Love (2015), to orchestral ensembles and her work with the all-female group Artemis. She locates her renditions of standards and new original compositions within a Black, feminist, yet global framework. In her fresh interpretations of lesser-known works, such as Josephine Baker’s “Si J’Étais Blanche” (If I Were White) and Bert Williams’s “Nobody,” Salvant demonstrates a deep psychological and emotional engagement with the lyrics, modulating her voice from sharp-edged wit to sorrow and heartbreak as she dissects the painful past in which these works were born. Her unreleased work Ogresse (2018) is an ambitious long-form song cycle that showcases Salvant’s storytelling ability and theatricality. Salvant pairs her original lyrics for a cast of characters—all of which she sings—with an orchestral score that blends baroque elements with bluegrass and jazz. Based on oral fairy tales from the nineteenth century, Ogresse is a narrative that explores the nature of freedom and desire in a racialized, patriarchal world.

    Salvant studied at the Université Pierre Mendès-France. Her additional albums include Cécile (2010), WomanChild (2014), and Dreams and Daggers (2017). She has performed at such national and international venues and festivals as the Newport Jazz Festival, the Monterey Jazz Festival, the Village Vanguard, and the Kennedy Center. Salvant is also a visual artist. Details of her Nonesuch debut, which she began recording this week, will be announced in early 2021sharp-edged wit to sorrow and heartbreak as she dissects the painful past in which these works were born. Her unreleased work Ogresse (2018) is an ambitious long-form song cycle that showcases Salvant’s storytelling ability and theatricality. Salvant pairs her original lyrics for a cast of characters—all of which she sings—with an orchestral score that blends baroque elements with bluegrass and jazz. Based on oral fairy tales from the nineteenth century, Ogresse is a narrative that explores the nature of freedom and desire in a racialized, patriarchal world. Salvant studied at the Université Pierre Mendès-France. Her additional albums include Cécile (2010), WomanChild (2014), and Dreams and Daggers (2017). She has performed at such national and international venues and festivals as the Newport Jazz Festival, the Monterey Jazz Festival, the Village Vanguard, and the Kennedy Center. Salvant is also a visual artist. Details of her Nonesuch debut, which she began recording this week, will be announced in early 2021

Cécile McLorin Salvant

Tour

Mon, Sep 20
New York, NY
Bryant Park
Mon, Sep 20
New York, NY
Bryant Park
Fri, Sep 24
Los Angeles, CA
Ford Amphitheater
Fri, Sep 24
Los Angeles, CA
Ford Amphitheater
Sat, Sep 25
Salt Lake City, UT
Capitol Theatre
Sat, Sep 25
Salt Lake City, UT
Capitol Theatre
Sun, Sep 26
Costa Mesa, CA
Segerstrom Center for the Arts
Sun, Sep 26
Costa Mesa, CA
Segerstrom Center for the Arts
Sat, Oct 2
Jacksonville, FL
Sat, Oct 2
Jacksonville, FL
Tue, Oct 12
Coral Gables, FL
UM Maurice Gusman Concert Hall
Tue, Oct 12
Coral Gables, FL
UM Maurice Gusman Concert Hall
Wed, Oct 13
Fort Meyers, FL
Davis Art Center
Wed, Oct 13
Fort Meyers, FL
Davis Art Center
Thu, Oct 21
Brooklyn, NY
BRIC House
Thu, Oct 21
Brooklyn, NY
BRIC House
Tue, Oct 26
Bern
Marian's Jazzroom
Tue, Oct 26
Bern
Marian's Jazzroom
Wed, Oct 27
Bern
Marian's Jazzroom
Wed, Oct 27
Bern
Marian's Jazzroom
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Cécile McLorin Salvant, who has been named a 2020 MacArthur Fellow, is a singer and composer bringing historical perspective, a renewed sense of drama, and an enlightened musical understanding to both jazz standards and her own original compositions. Classically trained, steeped in jazz, blues and folk, and drawing from musical theater, and vaudeville , Salvant embraces a wide ranging repertoire that broadens the possibilities for live performance.. Salvant’s nearly four-octave vocal range—from a bold, husky low register to clear high tones—animates her performances in a variety of configurations, from the spare duets for voice and piano featured on her album The Window (2018), to the instrumental trios on For One to Love (2015), to orchestral ensembles and her work with the all-female group Artemis. She locates her renditions of standards and new original compositions within a Black, feminist, yet global framework. In her fresh interpretations of lesser-known works, such as Josephine Baker’s “Si J’Étais Blanche” (If I Were White) and Bert Williams’s “Nobody,” Salvant demonstrates a deep psychological and emotional engagement with the lyrics, modulating her voice from Cécile McLorin Salvant is a singer and composer bringing historical perspective, a renewed sense of drama, and an enlightened musical understanding to both jazz standards and her own original compositions. Classically trained, steeped in jazz, blues and folk, and drawing from musical theater, and vaudeville , Salvant embraces a wide ranging repertoire that broadens the possibilities for live performance.

Salvant’s nearly four-octave vocal range—from a bold, husky low register to clear high tones—animates her performances in a variety of configurations, from the spare duets for voice and piano featured on her album The Window (2018), to the instrumental trios on For One to Love (2015), to orchestral ensembles and her work with the all-female group Artemis. She locates her renditions of standards and new original compositions within a Black, feminist, yet global framework. In her fresh interpretations of lesser-known works, such as Josephine Baker’s “Si J’Étais Blanche” (If I Were White) and Bert Williams’s “Nobody,” Salvant demonstrates a deep psychological and emotional engagement with the lyrics, modulating her voice from sharp-edged wit to sorrow and heartbreak as she dissects the painful past in which these works were born. Her unreleased work Ogresse (2018) is an ambitious long-form song cycle that showcases Salvant’s storytelling ability and theatricality. Salvant pairs her original lyrics for a cast of characters—all of which she sings—with an orchestral score that blends baroque elements with bluegrass and jazz. Based on oral fairy tales from the nineteenth century, Ogresse is a narrative that explores the nature of freedom and desire in a racialized, patriarchal world.

Salvant studied at the Université Pierre Mendès-France. Her additional albums include Cécile (2010), WomanChild (2014), and Dreams and Daggers (2017). She has performed at such national and international venues and festivals as the Newport Jazz Festival, the Monterey Jazz Festival, the Village Vanguard, and the Kennedy Center. Salvant is also a visual artist. Details of her Nonesuch debut, which she began recording this week, will be announced in early 2021sharp-edged wit to sorrow and heartbreak as she dissects the painful past in which these works were born. Her unreleased work Ogresse (2018) is an ambitious long-form song cycle that showcases Salvant’s storytelling ability and theatricality. Salvant pairs her original lyrics for a cast of characters—all of which she sings—with an orchestral score that blends baroque elements with bluegrass and jazz. Based on oral fairy tales from the nineteenth century, Ogresse is a narrative that explores the nature of freedom and desire in a racialized, patriarchal world. Salvant studied at the Université Pierre Mendès-France. Her additional albums include Cécile (2010), WomanChild (2014), and Dreams and Daggers (2017). She has performed at such national and international venues and festivals as the Newport Jazz Festival, the Monterey Jazz Festival, the Village Vanguard, and the Kennedy Center. Salvant is also a visual artist. Details of her Nonesuch debut, which she began recording this week, will be announced in early 2021

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Tour

Mon, Sep 20
New York, NY
Bryant Park
Mon, Sep 20
New York, NY
Bryant Park
Fri, Sep 24
Los Angeles, CA
Ford Amphitheater
Fri, Sep 24
Los Angeles, CA
Ford Amphitheater
Sat, Sep 25
Salt Lake City, UT
Capitol Theatre
Sat, Sep 25
Salt Lake City, UT
Capitol Theatre
Sun, Sep 26
Costa Mesa, CA
Segerstrom Center for the Arts
Sun, Sep 26
Costa Mesa, CA
Segerstrom Center for the Arts
Sat, Oct 2
Jacksonville, FL
Sat, Oct 2
Jacksonville, FL
Tue, Oct 12
Coral Gables, FL
UM Maurice Gusman Concert Hall
Tue, Oct 12
Coral Gables, FL
UM Maurice Gusman Concert Hall
Wed, Oct 13
Fort Meyers, FL
Davis Art Center
Wed, Oct 13
Fort Meyers, FL
Davis Art Center
Thu, Oct 21
Brooklyn, NY
BRIC House
Thu, Oct 21
Brooklyn, NY
BRIC House
Tue, Oct 26
Bern
Marian's Jazzroom
Tue, Oct 26
Bern
Marian's Jazzroom
Wed, Oct 27
Bern
Marian's Jazzroom
Wed, Oct 27
Bern
Marian's Jazzroom
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