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Vocalist Cecile McLorin-Salvant won the 2011 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition, and it was vindication for jazz’s classicists: Here’s a singer with verve, virtuosity and a reverence for the classics that’s anything but deferential. McLorin-Salvant, who grew up in Florida and studied music in France, has a broad voice and a thespian’s precision. Her repertoire ranges from jazz standards to obscure gems from the vault to, increasingly, her own compositions. What’s remarkable is not her ability to make something sound new, but her ability to make her artistic persona float above and around time, compromising it, almost making the concept disappear.
She helms the Monterey Jazz Festival’s touring production which features the eclectic and dexterous young pianist Christian Sands as musical director.
Presented by Washington Performing Arts.