Grammy Award-winning jazz vocalist comes to the Williams Center

Cecile McLorin Salvant comes to the Williams Center for the Arts tonight. (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

Grammy award winner Cécile McLorin Salvant will be visiting the Williams Arts Center on Friday to perform. A recipient of the 2016 Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Album, she is known for her unpredictable yet elegant style, Director of Performance Series at the Williams Center Hollis Ashby said.

Salvant often takes unexpected turns in her music with a post-modern approach to jazz, she added.

“[Listening to Salvant] is like going on a magic carpet ride. It’s the most exciting thing for the audience because they go on such an unexpected journey,” Ashby said.

Born and raised in Miami, Florida, Salvant developed an early interest in singing with classical voice, according to her website. In 2007, Cécile moved to Aix-en-Provence, France, to study law and classical and baroque voice at the Darius Milhaud Conservatory. Two years later, she released her first album titled “Cécile” and shortly after won the Thelonious Monk competition in Washington D.C, according to her website.

Salvant has developed a specific interest in historical American music, according to her website, and often performs pieces that were rarely or never performed for the public.

“I don’t believe in putting out the best version of what you could put out. I believe in putting out the version of what it was when it happened,” Salvant said in an interview from the October 2017 issue of Downbeat Magazine.

Salvant’s performance will begin at 8 p.m. Friday at the Williams Center for the Arts. The show is being presented as part of the 30th Annual Celebration of the Boys and Girls Club of Easton, according to the Williams Center’s page on the performance.

About Dominic Zhang

Assistant Arts and Culture Editor, Double Major in Physics and Philosophy

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