May 28, 2014
JazzCorner.com is honored to join Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club in presenting the live webcast of Grammy® Nominated Recording Artist Cecile McLorin Salvant today, May 28 at 9pm/London - 10pm/Paris - 4pm/NY at live.jazzcorner.com. The webcast will be on demand until June 1, 2014. It will also be streamed on JazzCorner's Facebook page (click on the Livestream tab) and at Ronnie Scott's page.
Ms. McLorin Salvant may have the deepest roots of any singer of her generation. She knows the sounds and styles of modern jazz but also possesses complete command of the classic blues and early American vocal tradition. She has studied the entire recorded legacy of the great Bessie Smith (1894-1937), often called the Empress of the Blues, and also has deep familiarity with Valaida Snow, Bert Williams and other early masters of American music. For her, these musicians are exponents of living traditions that she has drawn into the orbit of her own work.
However, McLorin Salvant can't be pinned down as a jazz traditionalist. Alongside fellow Monk Competition winner Jacky Terrasson, she has recorded works by John Lennon/Yoko Ono and Erik Satie, and can sing in French, Spanish or English as the mood and situation warrant. Knowledgeable jazz fans will identify the influence and inspiration from some of the most distinctive modern jazz stylists, such as Betty Carter, Carmen McRae and Abbey Lincoln. She is also currently continuing her studies of the classical and baroque tradition. In short, McLorin Salvant is a seeker and a creative spirit who is determined to push ahead, even while she shows an extraordinary command of the tradition that has preceded her.
Her debut album on Mack Avenue, WomanChild, was selected as one of “A Few of My Favorite Things” in my year end podcast for 2013.