Last week I had the privilege of attending a show in Portland by vocalist Cecile McLorin Salvant, the fast emerging superstar of jazz, of whom Wynton Marsalis has said “you get a singer like this once in a generation or two.”
The show – performed at the city’s 300 seat Old Church on August 30 – was one of the more astounding jazz performances I have ever seen. Having been to hundreds (hell, probably thousands by now) of shows over the years in venues all over the globe, that is saying something! I came away feeling as if I witnessed contemporary “greatness” of historic proportions.
Ms. Salvant, a 28-year-old native of Miami, was elegant, breathtaking, sensitive, angry, political, intellectual, adventurous, and everything in between (and always brilliant). So many highlights — including Aaron Diehl’s performance on the Old Church organ, accompanying her on...
September 5th, 2017