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Cécile McLorin Salvant: Ogresse
Arranged and Conducted by Darcy James Argue

Saturday, November 17, 2018 7:30 PM

Jazz Renée Fleming VOICES

One of the brightest stars in jazz today, this classically trained vocalist follows up her 2016 Grammy Award® for Best Jazz Vocal Album by writing and performing her original concert concept Ogresse, a Kennedy Center commission, in its D.C. premiere

Co-Commissioned by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NJPAC and The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

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Cécile McLorin Salvant: Ogresse
Arranged and Conducted by Darcy James Argue

“A woman lived in the woods on the outskirts of town. Her skin was chocolate brown. Upon her head she wore a crown of bones.

One of the brightest stars in jazz today, this classically trained vocalist has been praised for her “exquisite taste in songs and phrasing, and a deep connection to the lyrics” (The New York Times). Following her 2010 win of the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocals Competition, Salvant’s skyrocketing career has seen tours around the globe, the release of several acclaimed recordings, and the 2016 Grammy Award® for Best Jazz Vocal Album. Witness the D.C. premiere of her original concert concept Ogresse, a Kennedy Center commission.

Co-Commissioned by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NJPAC and The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Alexa Tarantino – Soprano/alto sax; piccolo, flute, clarinet
Tom Christensen – Tenor sax/bass clarinet/oboe/English horn
Kirk Knuffke – Trumpet
Josh Roseman – Trombone/Tuba
Mivos Quartet – Olivia de Prato (violin); Lauren Cauley (violin); Victor Lowrie (Viola); John Popham (Cello)
Warren Wolf – Vibraphone/Marimba
Brandon Seabrook – Guitar/Banjo
Helen Sung – Piano/Organ/Melodica
David Wong – Bass
Samuel Torres – Percussion

Part of the Renée Fleming VOICES series

Renée Fleming says:

“Cécile McLorin Salvant embodies one of the things I love most about jazz—this limitless potential to absorb any song or musical idea, and re-imagine it as something fresh and totally individual. Her influences are wide-ranging, from Hip Hop and Cuban music to studying baroque music in France. She is a brilliant programmer of song—truly a curator of art song—challenging her audience with relevant themes from the status of women to racism.  Little wonder that she has been showered with awards, including First Prize in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition and two Grammy Awards® for Best Jazz Vocal Album. And because I love artists who expand the repertoire, I am thrilled that both of those albums include both jazz standards and original compositions.”