For Immediate Release

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Celebrity Series of Boston
Gary Dunning, President and Executive Director
Presents

Cécile McLorin Salvant & Aaron Diehl

Friday, February 7, 2020, 8pm — NEC’s Jordan Hall

Cécile McLorin Salvant high-res photo | Aaron Diehl high-res photo

Salvant video preview | Diehl video preview

Celebrity Series Press Room 

(Boston) Celebrity Series of Boston will present Cécile McLorin Salvant & Aaron Diehl on Friday, February 7, 2020, at 8pm at NEC’s Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough Street, Boston, MA. The 2019-2020 Jazz Series is generously sponsored by Donna & Michael Egan.

Tickets start at $35 and are available online at www.celebrityseries.org, by calling (617) 482-6661 Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m., or at NEC’s Box Office, 30 Gainsborough Street, Boston, MA.

This performance marks the fourth Celebrity Series performance for Cécile McLorin Salvant and the second for Aaron Diehl. Ms. Salvant debuted on the Series in 2015 and Mr. Diehl debuted in 2017.

Cécile McLorin Salvant was born and raised in Miami, Florida, to a French mother and a Haitian father. She started classical piano studies at 5, and began singing in a children’s choir at 8 years old. Early on, she developed an interest in classical voice.

In 2007, Cécile moved to Aix-en-Provence, France, to study law as well as classical and baroque voice at the Darius Milhaud Conservatory. It was in Aix-en-Provence, with reedist and teacher Jean-François Bonnel, that she started learning about jazz, 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 2014, her second album, WomanChild (Mack Avenue Records) was nominated for a Grammy.

Her third and fourth albums (For One To Love and Dreams and Daggers) both won Grammy Awards for Best Jazz Vocal Album.

Cécile frequently makes music with Aaron Diehl, Paul Sikivie, Lawrence Leathers, Kyle Poole, and Sullivan Fortner. She has collaborated with Archie Shepp, Wynton Marsalis, John Clayton, Jeff Hamilton, Renee Rosnes, Bill Charlap, Fred Hersch, Jacky Terrasson, Darcy James Argue.

She sings vaudeville, country blues, broadway songs, rarities, and her own compositions. An audience member once described her as a “postmodern cabaret singer”.

A classically trained pianist and composer, Aaron Diehl has made an indelible mark on the jazz world over the last 15 years. Showing an affinity for early jazz and mid-20th century “third-stream” music, his latest evolution comes as he begins to tackle modern classical works, performing works by George Gershwin with the New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra and LA Philharmonic.

Diehl has collaborated with living masters ranging from from NEA Jazz Master Benny Golson to 20th century classical titan Philip Glass, while establishing himself as one of the preeminent interpreters of the Great American Songbook in his own trio and with the vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant.

Program to be announced from the stage.

About Celebrity Series of Boston  

Celebrity Series of Boston was founded in 1938 by pianist and impresario Aaron Richmond. The Celebrity Series has been bringing the very best performers–from orchestras and chamber ensembles, vocal and piano music, to dance companies, jazz, and more–to Boston’s major concert halls for 81 years. The Celebrity Series of Boston believes in the power of excellence and innovation in the performing arts to enrich life experiences, transform lives and build better communities. Through its education initiatives, the Celebrity Series seeks to build a community of Greater Boston where the performing arts are a valued, lifelong, shared experience—on stages, on streets, in neighborhoods–everywhere.

Celebrity Series of Boston is grateful to our 2019-20 Season Sponsors Amy & Joshua Boger, and to the many individuals, corporations, foundations, and government agencies whose support helps fulfill our mission to present performing artists who inspire and enrich our community. Institutional supporters include the Barr Foundation through its ArtsAmplified initiative, The Boston Foundation, Stephanie L. Brown Foundation, The Catered Affair, Susanne Marcus Collins Foundation, Deloitte LLP, D.L. Saunders Real Estate Corp., Foley & Lardner LLP, Ipsen Biopharmaceuticals, Liberty Mutual Foundation, The Klarman Family Foundation, Massachusetts Cultural Council, National Endowment for the Arts, Outside the Box: A Production of the Boston Arts Summer Institute, Cynthia and John S. Reed Foundation, Royal Little Family Foundation, Stifler Family Foundation, Anonymous, and many others. celebrityseries.org