Friday, January 16, 2015

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Cecile McLorin Salvant

Artist:Cecile McLorin Salvant
Song:You Bring Out The Savage In Me

Jazz singer Cecile McLorin Salvant made a big splash when her 2013 US debut CD WomanChild zoomed to the top of the jazz charts. She trained in France but she was born Aug. 28, 1989 in Miami. Her mother is French and her father is Haitian. She took piano and singing lessons as a child. After graduating from high school, Cecile moved to France and studied classical voice at the Darius Milhaud Conservatory. She got into jazz working with sax player Jean-Francois Bonnel. And she released a CD in France in 2009. Her big break came when she won the 2010 Thelonious Monk Jazz Vocal competition which has been a springboard for other jazz singers. Cecile appeared on French pianist Jacky Terrasson's 2012 CD Gouache. Then she signed with Mack Avenue Records. WomanChild is her 2013 Mack Avenue debut. It reached #3 on the jazz charts. So now there is a lot of buzz about her. Her backup band are guys who work at Jazz At Lincoln Center. The pianist and arranger is Aaron Diehl along with James Chirillo on guitar, Rodney Whitaker on bass and Herlin Riley on drums. You Bring Out The Savage In Me is a tribute to now forgotten jazz singer Valaida Snow who had success with her 1935 recording of the song. It was written by legendary songwriter Sam Coslow for the 1935 film Oh, Daddy. Cecile won four categories in the 2014 Down Beat Critics Poll mostly as a rising star. She is currently touring France. But I think we'll see her on the jazz festival circuit this summer. If she comes to Toronto, I may go see her. Here's Cecile McLorin Salvant performing You Bring Out The Savage In Me at The Addition in San Francisco Nov. 2014.

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