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Cecile McLorin Salvant

The young French-American singer Cecile McLorin Salvant, first place winner of the recent Thelonious Monk Vocal Jazz Competition, wowed concert-goers at the Cistern Yard last night.  Her two night Spoleto stint, is over, and that is unfortunate for you if you missed it.

CofC's Cistern Yard

Besides a late start, and so a late finish, causing me to be late for the next event of the evening, this was a knock-out night under the oaks and dreamily droopy Spanish moss of the College of Charleston‘s enchanting Cistern Yard.

McLorin Salvant is a very young talent, only 22 years old, but she radiates “old soul.”  She has no fear either.

She uses her vocal instrument to its fullest and most dynamic potential, contorting her face and sometimes body too, to get the needed note.  Her performance goes beyond simply singing, she’s acting, she’s entertaining…she finds the soul of the song and brings it fully to life on stage.

Quentin Baxter

The Aaron Diehl Trio complemented McLorin Salvant, and included one of Charleston’s own, the beloved Quentin Baxter, who received lots of cheers from his local admirers in the audience.  Baxter’s talent was the perfect addition to the evening.  His enthusiasm and joy for his craft emanates from the stage.

My best friend, who gets dragged along to many events of this nature, and has a very full Spoleto schedule himself, declared that he was in love, and it was going to be hard to top this performance.

I agree.

words: Stacy Huggins

Cecile McLorin Salvant, courtesy Spoleto Festival USA

Posted on May 27, 2012 by Art Mag.

Categories: Performing Arts, Review

Tags: Cecile Mclorin-salvant, Cistern Yard, College Of Charleston, Quentin Baxter, Spoleto Festival Usa, The Aaron Diehl Trio, The Cistern, Thelonious Monk, Wells Fargo Jazz Series

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