This is a Celebrity Series at Home digital performance streaming live on Saturday, February 5 at 8:00 pm from Berklee Performance Center and available for on demand viewing until Friday, February 11 at 7:00 pm.
The incomparable Cécile McLorin Salvant returns to the Celebrity Series fresh off the heels of becoming a 2020 MacArthur Genius and Doris Duke Artist Award recipient, two of the most coveted recognitions in art. She’ll be presenting brand-new songs and arrangements alongside an enviable group of young instrumentalists, pianist Sullivan Fortner, drummer Keita Ogawa, and saxophone player Alexa Tarantino, each of them already a first-call player on the jazz circuit. Salvant is a must-see for jazz fans, but it’s hard to imagine anyone not connecting with the intimate and human concert experience she offers. Even in her original works (and they truly are original), you’ll hear subtle references to an entire lineage of great jazz vocalists, and, like the best of those icons, her non-verbal storytelling even when using lyrics is so convincing that it’s hard not to get sucked in.
“The leader of a new pack of fully modern jazz singers explores the historical context and modern possibilities of every song she sings, even the deepest American standards.”PITCHFORK
“...a seasoned jazz singer with a vast vocal range, meticulous technical execution and a superb classical vocal foundation...”NPR
This performance is made possible in part by support from Celebrity Series' LIVE PERFORMANCE! Arts for All Endowment Funds. Additional support provided by Reuben Reynolds & Bill Casey, Randolph Hawthorne & Carliss Baldwin, Alfred & Joan Goldberg, Sally S. Seaver, Yukiko Ueno & Eran Egozy, Eric & Sarah Ward, Theresa C. McLoud, MD, and Anonymous.