Innovative young vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant has wowed audiences since she started singing jazz at 18 while studying law (and singing) in France. Citing Sarah Vaughn as her principal jazz influence, Cécile’s theatrical performances are blessed with perfect pitch and enunciation, wrapped in a playful sense of humor. She has won the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition, the DownBeat Critics Poll for jazz album of the year, the Jazz Journalists Association Award for female vocalist of the year and a 2016 Grammy® for best jazz vocal album. Possessing a rich and varied tonal palette, combined with a supple sense of swing, she offers unique interpretations of American standards, as well as some unknown and scarcely recorded jazz and blues morsels. In all cases, she demonstrates exquisite taste in songs and phrasing, and a deep connection to the lyrics, whether they be English, Spanish or French.