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Cécile McLorin Salvant with Sullivan Fortner

  • SF Jazz 201 Franklin Street San Francisco, CA, 94102 United States (map)

Tickets $40-$95

Two-time GRAMMY Winner Cécile McLorin Salvant is the most celebrated young vocalist in jazz. She returns for these intimate performances with virtuoso pianist Sullivan Fortner, celebrating the upcoming release of The Window, their new Mack Avenue album of duets. Possessing a deep, velvety voice, rhythmic poise, and a sublime feel for the blues, Salvant won the 2001 Thelonious Monk International Vocals Competition and drew the attention of early collaborators Jacky Terrasson and Wynton Marsalis.

Her 2015 Mack Avenue album, For One to Love, won Salvant her first GRAMMY for Best Jazz Vocal Album and 2017’s double disc Dreams and Daggers netted the singer her second GRAMMY nod, described by Stereophile’s Fred Kaplan as “the best jazz vocal album in a decade, maybe in longer than that.” A highlight of Dreams and Daggers is Salvant’s piquant duet with Fortner on Spencer Williams’ winking, double-entendre laden “You’ve Got To Give Me Some” – a 1929 hit for Bessie Smith – and now with The Window, Salvant and Fortner expand on their remarkable chemistry on a selection of material ranging from early 20th century hits of the French cabaret to Stevie Wonder, Sondheim, and original compositions. One of the great jazz pianists of his generation, Fortner is an established bandleader and collaborator with Roy Hargrove, Dee Dee Bridgewater, and Wynton Marsalis as well as a recipient of a Leonore Annenberg Arts Fellowship, the 2015 Cole Porter Fellowship from the American Pianists Association, and the 2016 Lincoln Center Award for Emerging Artists.