Music Monday

Hello Good Folks! 

I hope your week is starting off well. 🙂

Last Friday, I was so excited to have a segment on 89.3FM, WPFW’s Soul Conversations talking about new music and musical happenings in the DMV.  If you catched it, you heard me mention a jazz artist by the name of  Cécile McLorin Salvant.  I simply love her voice…very rich and full.    When you hear her sing, you know she has a story to tell.  She performed at the Kennedy Center Jazz Club last Friday. 

Born and raised in Miami, Florida to a French mother and a Haitian father, Cécile McLorin Salvant started classical piano studies at 5.   Early on, she developed an interest in classical voice and began studying with private instructors.  In 2007, Cécile moved to France to study political science, classical and baroque voice at the Darius Milhaud Conservatory.   At that time, she started learning about improvisation, instrumental and vocal repertoire ranging from the 1910s on, and sang with her first band.  After a series of concerts in Paris, she recorded her first album, “Cécile”, with Jean-François Bonnel’s Paris Quintet in 2009.  And a  year later, she won the Thelonious Monk Competition in D.C.   She currently lives and studies music in New York.

So in honor of International Jazz Day, check out Cécile McLorin Salvant. 

Happy Monday. 🙂 

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