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Cécile McLorin Salvant at Valley Performing Arts Center, Northridge

A still from a performance of Cécile McLorin Salvant
(Courtesy:Valley Performing Arts Center)

Northridge is getting ready for a sensational musical treat by Grammy Award winner Cécile McLorin Salvant.

The vocalist has proved her unparalelled that can go as high as the sky and then dive back to the depth of the ocean. Salvant is carrying on the legacies of greats like Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan and Billie Holiday. She has shattered conventional norms and dealt well with the racial stereotypes by singing songs from the old era that were mostly forgotten.Salvant began studying voice at the young age of eight, she showed a keen interest in classical music. Eventually she slowly transited to jazz. This was in 2007 while she was a student at the Darius Milhaud Conservatory. The singer cites Sarah Vaughan as her major jazz influence. She recalls listening to Vaughan time and again while she was a child. Salvant brands her sound in the genre of blues and jazz, with elements from musical and folk theatre. She describes her sound as jazz, blues, with elements of folk and musical theatre. Salvant herself composes her music and write the lyrics, she also sings in her native language French and also in Spanish. She has a huge fanbase in the United States and Europe and performs in concert halls, clubs and festivals. 

Salvant released her first self-titled album in 2010 titled "Cécile & the Jean-François Bonnel Paris Quintet." Soon after, while she was 21, she won the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition for vocalists. The first prize comprised of a recording contract with Mack Avenue Records, with whom Salvant released her next two albums. In 2012, The New York Times said about Salvant that in front of a trio led by pianist Aaron Diehl she sings clearly, with her full pitch range, from a pronounced low end to full and distinct high notes. It’s as if her voice clamps on to each song, she performs careful variations on pitch and stretches words but does not scat. Her facial expression conveys a certain meaning, which depicts sorrow and serenity like a silent movie actor. Salvant has toured with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, whose music director Wynton Marsalis told the New Yorker in a 2017 interview that “You get a singer as talented as Salvant just once in a generation or two.”

The show is on April 19, 2018 at Valley Performing Arts Center, 18111 Nordhoff Street Northridge, CA 91330

For details, visit: www.valleyperformingartscenter.org

Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the performance.

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