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Cécile Mclorin Salvant

Cécile Mclorin Salvant
Cecile McLorin Salvant

Cécile Mclorin Salvant

Sunday, November 14th
20.00 h -National Auditorium of Music.
Sala sinfónica

Prices: Grandstand: 15 € / Choir benches: 18 € / Stage sides: 18 € – 24 € – 32 € / Amphitheater sides: 18 € – 24 € – 32 € / Second amphitheater: 18 € – 24 € – 32 € / Galleries: 24 € / First amphitheater: 40 € / Seat patio: 40 €

The great jazz singer Cecile McLorin is back in Madrid, blown in by the clouds of autumn. A multi award winner in all kinds of competitions and surveys among critics, the artist has managed to make jazz expand with her new mood, imbuing it with artistic, scenic and conceptual arguments that were completely unprecedented until her arrival.

There are many ways to approach and enjoy the music of Cecile McLorin Salvant, but they all involve becoming aware of the feats she has accomplished since she won first prize at the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition in 2010. Finally, someone actually dared to alter the strict academic criteria of the jury. Several American journalists, among them Nate Chinen, had already commented on the qualities of this woman’s singing, and definitive confirmation immediately came in the form of an album.

Good oracular craft, as the qualities of this homonymous album were complemented, in 2013, with “Woman Child”, which only corroborated what was a very pleasant surprise. Yet another confirmation, just in case it should be needed, that the beauty we always long for can emerge from whatever Gretchen Valade turns her voice to. It also confirms that the MacAvenue label, owned by Gretchen, is, from time to time, an unconditional guarantee of top quality.


Cecile was born in Miami, Florida. Her Haitian father was a doctor, and her French mother was also the head of a French language school in Miami. She soon learned classical piano and, at the age of eight, was already singing in the Miami Choral Society. The space available for this information is limited, which means that we must now spare you endless references to her academic beginnings. Suffice to say that that she moved to Aix-en-Provence, France, in 2007 to study classical and baroque vocal music at the Conservatoire Darius Milhaud. So great is Cecile’s versatility, however, that under the tutelage of Jean-François Bonnel’s improvisation lessons, she started to sing jazz with her first band.

In 2016, in case you find this information useful, Cecile McLorin won a Grammy Award for the album “For One to Love”. In those songs, as in those on her other albums, “Dreams and Daggers” and “The window”, or in the concert she will be offering here, she has already put her best foot forward in her peculiar way of conceiving jazz and also in the work of musicians with the right register and even better composure. And just for the sake of completeness, it is good to know that Cecile is also an interesting visual artist, whose works can be enjoyed at the Picture Room in New York.

Cécile McLorin Salvant – Voice

Marvin Sewell – Guitar

Alexa Tarantino – Saxophone

Glenn Zaleski – Piano

Keita Ogawa – Percussion

MAP: Príncipe de Vergara, 146, 28002 Madrid