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CÉCILE McLORIN SALVANT DUO feat. SULLIVAN FORTNER and AARON DIEHL/ MELISSA ALDANA DUO

Cécile McLorin Salvant, Sullivan Fortner, Aaron Diehl, Melissa Aldana

Cécile McLorin Salvant, voc
Sullivan Fortner, p

Aaron Diehl, p
Melissa Aldana, ts

Cécile McLorin Salvant and Sullivan Fortner Duo

Cécile McLorin Salvant was born and raised in Miami, Florida of a French mother and a Haitian father. In 2007, Cécile moved to Aix-en-Provence, France, to study law as well as classical and baroque voice. It was there, that she started learning improvisation, instrumental and vocal repertoire ranging from the 1910s on, and sang with her first band. In 2009, after a series of concerts in Paris, she recorded her first album "Cécile", with Jean-François Bonnel's Paris Quintet. A year later, she won the Thelonious Monk competition in Washington D.C. Cécile performs unique interpretations of unknown and scarcely recorded jazz and blues compositions. She enjoys popularity in Europe and in the United States, performing in clubs, concert halls, and festivals accompanied by renowned musicians like Jean-Francois Bonnel, Rodney Whitaker, Aaron Diehl, Dan Nimmer, Sadao Watanabe, Jacky Terrasson, Archie Shepp, and Jonathan Batiste. Cécile released three CDs so far: “Cécile and the Jean-François Bonnel Paris Quintet”, “Woman Child” with Aaron Diehl, Rodney Whitaker, Herlin Riley and James Chirillo and her latest release “For One To Love” on Mack Avenue Records. The latter has won the Grammy Award in 2016 in the category “Best Vocal Jazz Album”!

Sullivan Fortner, a native New Orleanian, began playing music at the age of seven. He has already made a significant foray into the jazz world that belies his young age. He has studied and performed with many great musicians, including The Marsalis Family, Donald Harrison, Nicholas Payton, Billy Hart, Gary Bartz, Stefon Harris, Christian Scott, Roy Hargrove, Irvin Mayfield, and a host of others.

Cécile McLorin Salvant and Sullivan Fortner Duo

Cécile McLorin Salvant was born and raised in Miami, Florida of a French mother and a Haitian father. In 2007, Cécile moved to Aix-en-Provence, France, to study law as well as classical and baroque voice. It was there, that she started learning improvisation, instrumental and vocal repertoire ranging from the 1910s on, and sang with her first band. In 2009, after a series of concerts in Paris, she recorded her first album "Cécile", with Jean-François Bonnel's Paris Quintet. A year later, she won the Thelonious Monk competition in Washington D.C. Cécile performs unique interpretations of unknown and scarcely recorded jazz and blues compositions. She enjoys popularity in Europe and in the United States, performing in clubs, concert halls, and festivals accompanied by renowned musicians like Jean-Francois Bonnel, Rodney Whitaker, Aaron Diehl, Dan Nimmer, Sadao Watanabe, Jacky Terrasson, Archie Shepp, and Jonathan Batiste. Cécile released three CDs so far: “Cécile and the Jean-François Bonnel Paris Quintet”, “Woman Child” with Aaron Diehl, Rodney Whitaker, Herlin Riley and James Chirillo and her latest release “For One To Love” on Mack Avenue Records. The latter has won the Grammy Award in 2016 in the category “Best Vocal Jazz Album”!

Sullivan Fortner, a native New Orleanian, began playing music at the age of seven. He has already made a significant foray into the jazz world that belies his young age. He has studied and performed with many great musicians, including The Marsalis Family, Donald Harrison, Nicholas Payton, Billy Hart, Gary Bartz, Stefon Harris, Christian Scott, Roy Hargrove, Irvin Mayfield, and a host of others.

Aaron Diehl and Melissa Aldana Duo

Hailed by the international press as a “revelation,” and as “the most promising discovery that Wynton Marsalis has made since Eric Reed,” Aaron Diehl’s distinctive playing pays homage to the tradition while establishing his own original voice. Aaron has performed with the Wynton Marsalis Septet, Benny Golson, Hank Jones, Wycliffe Gordon, and many others.

Melissa Aldana is from Chile and with 16 years of age, she was headlining sets at the Club de Jazz de Santiago, which, at the time, was the main hub of the Chilean jazz community and this is where Danilo Pérez heard her and invited her to play at the Panama Jazz Festival. Melissa then decided to attend Berklee and after graduating, moved to New York. Melissa has played with George Coleman, Christian McBride, Jeff “Tain” Watts and others.

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