Cécile McLorin Salvant
There seems to be no limit to what Cécile McLorin Salvant can do with her amazing voice. The charismatic thirty-two-year-old is considered by more and more as jazz's vocal first lady and has already won three Grammys.
She represents a development and continuation of the tradition after Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, and other greats.
Moldejazz has been trying to get her and the band to town for years, but deviant tour plans and pandemics have gotten in the way.
Haitian-born Cécile McLorin Salvant is a brilliant storyteller and interpreter of music and lyrics from various traditions and eras, through jazz, blues, vaudeville, chansons and some more. She is blessed with a vocal splendour that takes us from the great depths to ditto heights, with an intonation, dynamics and tonal variation that is unique. An exceptionally charismatic stage personality takes the audience on an exciting journey - as Eurwe wrote after a concert in the Hollywood Bowl: "Cécile McLorin Salvant walked out, took the stage, and sang her heart out… whatever she sings, she tends to make her own »
Some people probably remember her as a member of the septet "Woman to Woman" at Moldejazz 2017 (link to festival newspaper Fire Flates review), when many came out of the concert with stars in their eyes after experiencing a singer they had never heard of. Five years later, she has consolidated her position as one of jazz's big stars and comes with her own band where great instrumentalists dress and complement her music in a brilliant way.