Winner of the 20th annual Jazz Journalists Association Jazz Awards Female Singer of the Year
 


Grammys 2016: Cécile McLorin Salvant and Maria Schneider are among the jazz winners

Los Angeles Times by Chris Barton, February 15, 2016

...26-year-old jazz vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant, ...came back to earn honors this year for her lauded album "For One to Love."




Jazz Singer Cécile McLorin Salvant Doesn't Want To Sound 'Clean And Pretty'

"I had a hole in my voice. I still do. We call it a hole, but it's an area in the voice where it's air. And my classical teachers were just so frustrated with me because I would have these deep, low notes that were really strong, and the higher register was strong, but right in the middle area, it was really hard. There was like a passage. But I realized that in jazz, I could take advantage of that." Listen and read more : NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross by Terry Gross, November 04, 2015 1:34 PM

Singer Cecile McLorin Salvant Talks New Album, and Her Personal Journey to Jazz

The bespectacled, always stylish and sometimes theatrical Cécile Mclorin Salvant is a jazz phenom with a voice that we guarantee will subdue you. The Grammy-nominated singer has a clear intention to bring jazz back to the forefront of the minds of young Black people in the US. Read more: Essence Magazine by Latheleene Ademola Brown, Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Salvant can warble in French and growl her way through old blues belters, but she’s even better at recasting standards

It chimes with her original songs, all heart-tugging poems on unrequited love. It’s an exhausting but thrilling voyage. Read more: The Guardian by John Lewis, September 3, 2015


For One to Love’ by Cécile McLorin Salvant Review : Cécile McLorin Salvant is a young talent with a singularly arresting voice.

..Along came Cécile McLorin Salvant, who first suggested herself as an exception in 2010...She has such a voice. Yet she also found her own unique identity, which is what most separates her from her peers. It’s not as if Ms. Salvant hasn’t drawn from famous predecessors. She evokes Vaughan when she releases a taste or two of lush vibrato. She sounds a bit like Betty Carter, swooping up or down between notes to make a point; like Ella Fitzgerald, when she revels in an up-tempo groove. Yet these seem less like references than inherited traits...It’s enough to make a listener care all over again...Read the full piece from : The Wall Street Journal by Larry Blumenfeld, September 2, 2015


Double miracle donc, celui d’une voix comme le jazz et l’art vocal en a très peu connu sur le plan de la qualité, et celui d’une personne d’une maturité artistique confondante

Les superlatifs sont de mise quand on rencontre une jeune artiste d’une telle intensité et d’une telle intégrité artistique, d’une telle capacité créative, dans une époque qui en manque singulièrement. En mettant la barre toujours plus haut, sur le plan de l’expression en particulier qui expose l’ensemble de ses qualités, Cécile McLorin Salvant s’impose pour la suite un challenge d’excellence...Lire la suite sur : Jazz Hot par Yves Sportis, Septembre 2015

It is therefore a double miracle: that of a voice that the jazz and vocal world have rarely seen in terms of quality and that of a person with a stunning artistic maturity Superlatives are in order when you meet a young artist with such intensity, artistic integrity and creative ability, especially in an era which is particularly lacking those attributes. In raising the bar even higher, especially in regards to her interpretation which reveals all of her qualities, Cécile McLorin Salvant is self-imposing a challenge of excellence for the future..


NPR First Listen: Cécile McLorin Salvant, ‘For One To Love’

Salvant's aesthetic idiosyncrasies immediately mark her apart, even within the space of "jazz singing." She's long had a predilection for finding rowdy songs from the dawn of the music to grow into — not exactly common for a twentysomething jazz musician — and that continues here...Read the full piece from : NPR First Listen by Patrick Jarenwattananon, August 26, 2015


Cécile McLorin Salvant Wields Her Power, Drawing From Her Album ‘For One to Love’

Cécile McLorin Salvant, the finest jazz singer to emerge in the last decade, combines the rigorous sensitivities of an artist with the wary calculation of a critic. Her whole bearing as a performer — judicious, confiding, theatrical, skeptical — suggests a watchful distance from the persona she so persuasively embodies. By Nate Chinen, The New York Times, August 26, 2015


Cecile McLorin Salvant begs at New Orleans Jazz Fest: 'Be my ape man, just like Tarzan'

If you're a fan of jazz singers, please note that Salvant, age 25, already stands with the best. Her organ pipe chest voice is a resonant match for Sarah Vaughn in high diva mode. Her harmonic imagination and vaulting dynamic shifts are a match for those of Betty Carter. And, when she swings, she walks the same clouds of joy trod by Ella Fitzgerald -- as she demonstrated on Friday at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival presented by Shell...And, Salvant owns something that none of those great, departed singers can offer: the fresh perspective of a savvy post-modern thinker who has digested the entire repertoire and uses it to tell her own stories. By Chris Waddington, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune  May 2 2015


Cecile McLorin Salvant review – jazz-informed artistry of the highest class

Resoundingly eloquent, whether growling the blues or barely breathing, Salvant has inbuilt swing, an actor’s stagecraft, an instrumentalist’s precision of nuance, and an appetite for dusting off rarely performed songsThe remarkable Salvant’s music is tightly arranged in almost every spontaneous-sounding detail, but it’s jazz-informed artistry of the highest class just the same. John Fordham The Guardian Thursday 4 June 2015


2015 Jazz Journalists Association Jazz Award Winners Announced

Female Vocalist of the Year

Up and Coming Artist of the Year


62nd Annual DownBeat Critics Poll

Singer-songwriter Cécile McLorin Salvant topped four categories in the 62nd Annual DownBeat International Critics Poll, including Jazz Album of the Year. Besides honoring her U.S. debut, WomanChild (Mack Avenue), as the year’s best jazz album, critics named her the top Female Vocalist, as well as the Rising Star–Jazz Artist and Rising Star–Female Vocalist



2014 JJA Jazz Awards WINNERS Music categories

Up and Coming Artist of the Year - Best Female Vocalist of the Year


 

GRAMMYS 2014 Grammys: Jazz nominees look to new voices By Chris Barton December 6, 20138:40 p.m. The LA Times

The jazz vocal category is led by 24-year-old phenom Cécile McLorin Salvant, whose ebullient "WomanChild" was nominated along with Gregory Porter's "Liquid Spirit," which was the big-voiced singer's Blue Note Records debut. The pair compete against Tierney Sutton, Lorraine Feather and Andy Bey, who at 73 released the spry "The World According to Andy Bey."


Académie du Jazz Palmarès 2013

Prix du Jazz Vocal :
CÉCILE McLORIN SALVANT « WOMAN CHILD » (Mack Avenue/Universal)


A Singer Is Part of the Big Picture

Recently, a 25-foot-tall photograph of the jazz singer Cécile McLorin Salvant has been on view outside the main entrance to Jazz at Lincoln Center, at 60th Street and Broadway. Such a distinction happened quickly by jazz-world standards. She’s 24, and her first album with any distribution, “WomanChild” (Mack Avenue), came out only six months ago. But it’s not surprising that Jazz at Lincoln Center should want to go out on a limb to promote her. Though she writes her own songs, she puts original, idiosyncratic and virtuosic force on old repertory, some of it from the high era of American songbook standards, some of it older than jazz itself.She’s the latest answer to the question of what jazz has to do with you. She’s featured in “Big Band Holidays,” Jazz at Lincoln Center’s seasonal program of standards and holiday songs, which goes on an 11-city tour this year; in the middle, it stops for three shows at its home base. (8 p.m. Thursday through Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Rose Theater; jalc.org.). Ben Ratliff The New York Times December 6, 2013 


Cécile McLorin Salvant: Making Old Songs New Again

Cécile McLorin Salvant makes it all sound not effortless exactly, but sorta easy. You get the strong impression she's having a blast. In a way, that ease of execution is a problem — it creates the temptation to top herself and go for the Extra Big Moments, like the killer high-note ending of "What a Little Moonlight Can Do." It makes sense that she'd exploit her extreme highs and lows; she won't be able to reach them forever. And age tends to calm folks down, so the over-exuberance may take care of itself. My point is this: Salvant doesn't need to try to knock us out. We're already knocked out. Kevin Whitehead NPR June 18, 2013 1:42 PM ET


Woman Child © Jazz Hot n°663, printemps 2013 par Yves Sportis Nouveauté-Indispensable

In Jazz Hot (n ° 654) readers had already been introduced to Cécile McLorin Salvant, an extraordinary revelation of contemporary vocal jazz. Since that article, the French-American artist has made her way into the United States and Europe, the result of course of her winning the highly acclaimed Monk Institute Competition. Because her voice possesses amazing expressive authenticity coupled with outstanding control, her discovery as a mere guest in North American venues is inevitably followed by dithyrambic articles that seem to forget that she was there only because of a random invitation … or because of the unavoidable artistic consequence of her power and depth. Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center are full of praise as is the West Coast and East Coast press (The New York Times...). And now comes the second CD (see Jazz Hot n ° 655 for the first), which inaugurates her new American career with an outstanding band, accomplishing the exploit of combining tradition and modernism of sound, delivering the themes without mannerism. The presence of Herlin Riley and Rodney Whitaker as in "John Henry” a formidable base for the inventory of James Chirillo’s great classicism as in "St. Louis Gal"(James has worked with Benny Carter, Benny Goodman, Kenny Davern, Marcus Roberts...), and Aaron Diehl’s original harmonies as in "Woman Child" (Aaron has played with Wynton Marsalis and teaches Jazz at Lincoln Center), add beautiful ageless ambiance to the sincere and unpretentious vocal virtuosity of Cécile McLorin Salvant. Her artistic maturity (miraculous at her age) is combined with her cultural intuition and the juvenile impulse of a singer barely entering her twenties. She already possesses what is exceptional: an accomplished artistic personality.The opening duet with James Chirillo confirms a natural blues idiom and the innovations are as present in "John Henry" as in more contemporary harmonic themes. The unique handling of the old standards like "Jitterbug Waltz “and "What a Little Moonlight Can Do“ never disregard the melody, a reminder of the voice of a young jazz Diva. Herlin Riley is a great percussionist in “You Bring Out the Savage in Me" or "Baby Have Pity on Me"...; James Chririllo enriches with flawless taste the melodies "St. Louis Gal" and "Baby Have Pity on Me"...; Rodney Whitaker’s beautiful sound sustains everything; listening to Aaron Diehl is evidence of his ability to adapt to extreme variations. This singer excels throughout, shamelessly in command, an accomplished musician with a timeless and authentic artistic vision of jazz. Breaking with the rest of the disc, "Le Front Caché sur tes Genoux" is an oddity sung in French, with a perfect accent and for a good reason, it is her second mother tongue. The mood and the tone are also very French, as in lighter.While her current surroundings are of high quality within the Lincoln Center environment, the truth is that we no longer have major producers who are also jazz connoisseurs, therefore this young artist will have to use her artistic convictions, as well as her great intelligence, to develop what is essential in her and which makes her so exceptional. (translation LML)



Stephen Holden - The New York Times 

Cécile McLorin Salvant spun songs into a brilliant silk tapestry at the Allen Room on Saturday evening, I thought, “Here she is.” If anyone can extend the lineage of the Big Three — Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, and Ella Fitzgerald — it is this 23-year-old virtuoso . Ms Salvant has it all: perfect pitch and enunciation, a playful sense of humor, a rich and varied tonal palette, a supple sense of swing, exquisite taste in songs and phrasing, and a deep connection to lyrics. She fearlessly bends notes, but always toward an expressive purpose, and her scat improvisations are not the kind of vacuous ornamentation that has become the bane of contemporary jazz singing. Her temperament is sunny, but she is no simpering Pollyanna.   


Emmeline Prophète - Le Nouvelliste

Cécile Mc Lorin Salvant, pour la première fois de sa vie, rentre dans son pays d’origine où elle se présentera un concert unique, au Ritz Kinam II, à 8 heures du soir. Fred Paul, à qui nous devons l’organisation en Haiti du spectacle de Cécile Mc Lorin Salvant, en parlant de ce show, a souligné que « Jamais Haiti n’a reçu un artiste de ce calibre qui soit d’origine haïtienne ». A quelques semaines du sixième festival de jazz de Port-au-Prince - festival auquel l’agenda de Mc Lorin Salvant ne lui permet pas de participer - ce concert représente une bonne et belle attraction pour les aficionados. La chanteuse née d’une mère française interprètera des thèmes en français, en anglais -  les standards c’est l’enfance des jazzmen – et en créole.


Ben Ratliff - The New York Times

 Cécile McLorin Salvant, Jazz Vocalist, Tweaks Expectations - ...Her voice clamps into each song, performing careful variations on pitch, stretching words but generally not scatting; her face conveys meaning, representing sorrow or serenity like a silent-movie actor. ..Onstage she moves within a small perimeter and talks evenly, mostly in facts, to the audience. She has short hair and white, thick-framed glasses; she smiles easily, but doesn’t have the typical mannerisms of many younger jazz singers — conciliatory, or flirty, or mystical. Ms. Salvant is as serious as a library, and never corny.She radiates authority and delivers a set with almost a dramatic arc.  


Le Blog d'Alex Dutilh - Radio France

"Mais au sein de ce magnifique concert de Jacky Terrasson (avec un Minino Garay des grands jours et la révélation d'un superbe très jeune batteur, Justin Faulkner, Cécile a livré trois moments de grâce. Sur Oh, My Love de John Lennon, Je te veux d'Erik Satie et en rappel Love for Sale, le standard de Cole Porter, Cécile nous a fait dresser les poils sur les bras. De son timbre empli d'harmoniques avec une légère granulation en guise de signature, elle fait un véhicule d'émotion. Parce que ses inflexions sont désarmantes de musicalité (la classe de Sarah Vaughan, l'instinct de Betty Carter, les graves de Carmen McRae). Le détail de son ultime "saAaAle" pour finir le rappel donnait la mesure de son immense potentiel. Ré-vé-la-tion !!! 
Elle vient d'enregistrer un CD qui paraîtra au début 2013 pour le label Mack Avenue avec Aaron Diehl, Rodney Whitaker, Herlin Riley et James Chirillo. On attend."


Olivier Nuc - Le Figaro

"But throughout Jacky Terrasson’s magnificent concert (with Minino Garay at his best and the fabulous young drummer Justin Faulkner), Cécile delivered three moments of grace. On John Lennon’s “Oh, My Love”, Erik Satie’s “Je Te Veux” and the the curtain call of Cole Porter standard “Love for Sale”, Cécile made the hair on the back of our necks raise. Her timber filled with harmonics with a slight granulation as a signature, she produced a medium of emotions. Because her inflections are disarmingly musical (with the class of Sarah Vaughan, the instinct of Betty Carter and the dark lows of Carmen McRae). The details of her last "saAaAle" that ended the curtain call gave the measure of her massive potential. Re-Ve-la-tion! She has just finished recording a CD to be released  early 2013 for the Mack Avenue label with Aaron Diehl, Rodney Whitaker, Herlin Riley and James Chirillo. We will be waiting.”

"Jacky Terrasson est d'abord et avant tout un inconditionnel des mélodies. «Ce sont elles qui portent tout.» C'est selon ce critère qu'il s'est amusé à s'approprier des compositions d'autres musiciens, notamment Oh My Love, somptueuse ballade de John Lennon. La chanteuse Cécile McLorin Salvant lui a fait découvrir cette pièce. Révélation du disque, cette jeune surdouée a convaincu Terrasson d'en donner une version. «Pour moi, le but c'est de s'approprier les reprises en restant musical et ludique. Je ne cherche jamais à choquer, même si j'aime surprendre» avoue-t-il. Ensemble, ils revisitent également Satie, à travers Je te veux, au texte très sensuel écrit par Henry Pacory."


Mark Stryker - Detroit Free Press Music

 "Best BalladCecile McLorin Salvant on Sunday sang a poised and devastating a cappella chorus of Jerome Kern and Otto Harbach's "Yesterdays." It was filled with a range of subtle inflection, color and understanding way beyond her 23 years."


Alison Kerr – Herald Scotland

« It's not often you feel you're in the presence of greatness but there was probably not one person in the Salon Elegance tent on Thursday night who did not sense they were in close proximity to a great new voice. The 22-year-old singer Cecile McLorin Salvant is quite something to behold. She has an extraordinarily versatile voice which mesmerized the audience whether she was singing a gentle ballad or putting over a sexy, salty blues…her habits of distorting vowels, plunging deep into her range and making unexpectedly ugly sounds were used to powerful, dramatic effect, underlying her disgust at the scene she was depicting…Many of the songs may have been from the 1920s and 1930s, but Salvant brought them vividly back to life – and, what was surprising was the agelessness about her performance: only such jubilant, energetic numbers as the wonderful Valaida Snow song I Can't Dance (I Got Ants In My Pants) and What A Little Moonlight Can Do served as a reminder of the fact that she is not an older singer.»