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Segerstrom Center for the Arts presents jazz vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant on January 20

Segerstrom Center for the Arts presents Grammy Award®-winning jazz vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant at the Samueli Theater on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2024 for two performances at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Tickets beginning at $59 are available by clicking here. Salvant’s program is a diverse compilation of her original compositions and covers.

To label Salvant as simply an award-winning jazz vocalist is an injustice to this musical storyteller. Besides being a multiple Grammy Award® winner and nominated this year for Best Jazz Vocal Album, Salvant is a singer, composer, a visual artist, MacArthur Fellow and Doris Duke Artist Award winner whose trajectory has moved at warp speed. Since first winning the Thelonious Monk competition in 2010, she has released five acclaimed albums, each one more daring than the previous.

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Cécile McLorin Salvant

She brings a 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.

Her latest album Mélusine (Nonesuch Records) features a mix of five originals and interpretations of nine songs, dating as far back as the 12th century, mostly sung in French along with Occitan, English and Haitian Kreyòl. Its songs tell the story of the European folkloric legend of Mélusine, written by Jean d’Arras in 1393.

According to Mojo Magazine, “Mélusine retains the intellectual curiosity of Salvant’s jittery, questing catalogue. As with 2022’s Ghost Song, Salvant’s imaginative backdrops draw on jazz, blues, folk and vaudeville, double daring her audience to follow her next flight of fancy.”

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Salvant is a composer, singer and visual artist

Ghost Song,” her twice Grammy-nominated Nonesuch debut, received tremendous critical praise, including spots on best albums of 2022 lists from the New York Times and NPR, among others.

Salvant, is a composer, singer and visual artist. The late Jessye Norman described her as “a unique voice supported by an intelligence and full-fledged musicality, which light up every note she sings.”

She has developed a passion for storytelling and finding the connections between vaudeville, blues, theater, jazz, baroque and folkloric music. Salvant is an eclectic curator, unearthing rarely recorded, forgotten songs with strong narratives, interesting power dynamics, unexpected twists and humor.

She has received three consecutive Grammy Awards for Best Jazz Vocal Album for “The Window,” “Dreams and Daggers,” and “For One To Love” and was nominated for the award in 2014 for her album WomanChild.

Born and raised in Miami, Fla., of a French mother and Haitian father, she started classical piano studies at age 5, sang in a children’s choir at 8 and started classical voice lessons as a teenager.

Salvant received a Bachelor’s in French law from the Université Pierre-Mendes France in Grenoble while also studying baroque music and jazz at the Darius Milhaud Music Conservatory in Aix-en-Provence, France.

Salvant makes large-scale textile drawings. Her visual art can now be found at Picture Room in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Segerstrom Center for the Arts is located at 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Call 714.556.2787, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For Group Sales, call 714.755.0236. For more information, visit www.scfta.org.

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