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2014 Grammy Nominee CÉCILE McLORIN SALVANT to Make WNY Debut as Part of the Hunt Real Estate Art of Jazz Series at the Albright-Knox on April 26

April 18, 2014

Buffalo, NY – The 2013–2014 Hunt Real Estate Art of Jazz Series will present vocal sensation Cécile McLorin Salvant at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery on Saturday, April 26, at 8 pm. A pre-concert conversation, “Favor’s Favorites: A Life in Jazz,” with radio host, musician, and journalist Macy Favor, will take place at 7 pm. Tickets are $29 general admission and $25 for Members and can be purchased at the Albright-Knox Admissions Desk or online at www.albrightknox.org/artofjazz

In what is surely one of the most eagerly anticipated jazz concerts in recent memory, Cécile McLorin Salvant makes her area debut on the verge of American stardom. Salvant recently capped off a breakout year with a 2014 Grammy nomination for Best Jazz Vocal Album for her first domestic release, the chart-topping WomanChild (Mack Avenue Records). WomanChild was also named the top jazz vocal album in the NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll, and Salvant was named New Artist of the Year in the JazzTimes Critics Poll. Her powerful performances have already established her as a certified headliner at festivals and venues around the world. Performing with Salvant will be pianist and Blue Note recording artist Aaron Diehl, bassist Paul Sikivie, and drummer Lawrence Leathers.  

Born and raised in Miami to a French mother and a Haitian father, Salvant moved to France in 2007 to study voice. After gathering considerable popularity in Europe, she won the 2010 Thelonious Monk International Vocals Competition and began performing in the United States, giving audiences here their first real opportunity to hear the theatrical intensity she brings to a repertoire of lesser-known jazz and blues tunes, whether sung in English, French, or Spanish. A rave review in The New York Times alerted the jazz world that a new star had arrived: “If anyone can extend the lineage of the Big Three—Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, and Ella Fitzgerald—it is this 23-year-old virtuoso.” Wynton Marsalis soon noted, “She has poise, elegance, soul, humor, sensuality, power, virtuosity, range, insight, intelligence, depth, and grace.”  

Now in its fifteenth season as the most successful music series of its kind in Western New York history, the Art of Jazz Series has established the Albright-Knox Auditorium as one of the premier venues for live jazz in North America. 

Individual concert tickets are $29 general admission and $25 for Members. Tickets can be purchased at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery Admissions Desk or online at www.albrightknox.org/artofjazz

AK Café will serve dinner before the concert on Saturday, April 26, 2014, starting at 5 pm. For reservations, which are highly recommended, please call 716.270.8223. 

The Hunt Real Estate Art of Jazz Series is supported, in part, by a generous grant from Hunt Real Estate. It is produced by Bruce Eaton and organized by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. The Cécile McLorin Salvant concert has been made possible, in part, through the generous support of The Weissman Family Foundation.

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