Vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant has been, what we like to label at the Jazz Series, "on the short list" - and for quite some time. We're pleased to present her as part of the 2017/2018 season. The most celebrated vocalist of her generation, still in her 20s, Cécile McLorin Salvant was born and raised in Miami, of a French mother and a Haitian father. She studied classical piano and voice privately from a young age, and later studied at the University of Miami. In 2007, Salvant moved to Aix-en-Provence, France, to study law as well as classical and baroque voice at the Darius Milhaud Conservatory. It was there she started learning about jazz and started singing with her first band. In 2009, she recorded her first album, Cécile; a year later, she won the Thelonious Monk competition in Washington D.C. From there her career has continued to skyrocket as she now headlines and appears in major venues across the country and around the world. For her first Jazz Series appearance, Salvant is supported by a solid trio: pianist Sullivan Fortner, bassist Paul Sikivie, and Lawrence Leathers. The singer won a GRAMMY® in 2015 for her recording One To Love (Mack Avenue).