Cécile McLorin Salvant and the Aaron Diehl Trio

Fri, September 11, 2015 at 8:00 pm
Dalton Center Recital Hall, Western Michigan University

Grammy®-nominated Cécile McLorin Salvant is one of the most acclaimed jazz vocalists to emerge in years. Born in Miami to French and Haitian parents, she won the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition in 2010.

Now just 25, this phenomenal young singer bends notes to her will and gets inside each song – from old chestnuts to lost and undiscovered gems – the way an actress inhabits a role. “Ms. Salvant has it all,” writes The New York Times, “a playful sense of humor, a rich and varied tonal palette, a supple sense of swing.”

Salvant in her own words

“I try to routinely go back to my 15-year-old self, and I try to make music that will also draw that type of person in,” says Salvant. “All the while still being very authentic, and trying to be excellent at it.”

“You can sit down with this music and intellectualize it, like the great European repertory, and then the next moment throw the table down and just dance to it – that’s something that I find absolutely brilliant.”

The Aaron Diehl Trio

Joining Ms. Salvant will be pianist Aaron Diehl, one of the most sought after jazz virtuosos, consistently playing with what The New York Times describes as “melodic precision, harmonic erudition, and elegant restraint.”

Diehl’s meticulously thought-out performances, collaborations, and compositions are a leading force in today’s generation of jazz contemporaries, spearheading a distinct union of traditional and fresh artistry.