600 14th St NW
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’s accompanied here by Fred Hersch, who was among the most influential pianists of the 1980s. He embeds a Romantic sense of harmony and beauty into his almost mythic readings of jazz standards.
Two separate shows at 8 and 10 p.m.