Cecile McLorin Salvant was born August 28, 1989 in Miami Florida, her mother was French, while her father was a Haitian. Cecile Salvant began piano studies at the age of five, and she began singing in the Miami Choral Society when she was 8. Salvant developed an interest in classical voice, and then began studying with private instructors. One of Salvant’s instructors was Edward Walker, who was the vocal teacher at the University of Miami. “In 2007, Cecile moved to Aix-en-Provence, to study law as well as classical and baroque voice at Darius Milhaud Conservatory (Salvant 1).” While in France, Cecile learnt about improvisation, instrumental and vocal repertoire from the 1910s and onward. In 2009, after she sang in a number of concerts in Paris, she recorded her first album titled, “Cecile”, with Jean-Francois Bonnel’s Paris Quintet. Cecile Salvant won the Thelonious Monk competition in 2010, while she was in Washington D.C. “Cécile performs unique interpretations of unknown and scarcely recorded jazz and blues compositions. (Salvant 1)” Cecile performs in English, French (her native language) and in Spanish. Over the course of Salvant’s career so far, she has performed with many renowned musicians including Jean-Francois Bonnel, Rodney Whitaker, and Sadao Watanabe. Cecile Salvant focuses on a theoretical portrayal of the standard of jazz and composes her own music and lyrics. In 2013, Cecile Salvant released her first full-length album, Woman Child, and it has collected the most revenue out of all her releases. Still alive and making music, Cecile Salvant is constantly travelling, and performing all around the globe.
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