cover_121913_cecile_mclorin_salvant__web.jpgMIAMI – Meet Cécile Mclorin Salvant. She joined the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts this past Friday.

A part of JAZZ ROOTS: A Larry Rosen Jazz Series, “Big Band Holidays” will feature Salvant, a 24-year old Miami native, who has been called one of “7 Young Players to Watch,” by, and will be featured on soulful renditions of the season’s most festive songs.

“We are incredibly proud to have the opportunity to introduce Miami native Cécile McLorin Salvant, who is an extraordinary revelation in contemporary vocal jazz,” said M. John Richard, president and CEO of the Adrienne Arsht Center. “She has an incredible, versatile voice that has mesmerized audiences around the globe – whether she’s singing a gentle ballad or bringing to life a timeless blues number.”

Salvant has become one of the most captivating sensations on the contemporary jazz vocal scene. At the age of 8, she began singing in the Miami Choral Society and early on developed an interest in classical voice, eventually studying with Edward Walker at the University of Miami.

Her rigorous studies in classical, baroque and jazz music are evident in her phenomenal artistry which – combined with her unique and impressive singing – has earned her praise from countless critics and musicians, including Marsalis.

Salvant is known to refract the styles of such iconic performers as Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday and Valaida Snow with 21st century freshness, expressivity and soulfulness.

She gives new meaning to Marsalis’ mantra “all jazz is modern.”

In 2010, she was the youngest finalist in the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition and took home first prize. Salvant recently released debut recording for Mack Avenue, Woman Child.

Tickets range from $25 to $150 and may be purchased through the Adrienne Arsht Center box office by calling 305-949-6722 or online at