Wellington audiences had the thrill of hearing one of the hottest voices in Jazz performing at the New Zealand Festival last night.
Cécile McLorin Salvant has had high praise from none other than jazz legend Wynton Marsalis, who’s said that you only get a voice like this once in a generation or two. No wonder he was so keen to have her front his Lincoln Centre Jazz Orchestra.
Cécile started studying law, and Classical and Baroque singing – but soon her interest in jazz and improvisation took over.
She describes her sound as jazz, blues, with elements of folk and musical theatre, and has won two Grammy Awards – most recently for her new album Dreams and Daggers. All this, and she’s still in her 20s.
Nick Bollinger was in the audience last night, and reviews the concert for Upbeat.