Summer has (finally) arrived and the Jazz world is ready to celebrate here in Michigan! On June 20th-21st, the annual Summer Solstice Jazz Festival will take place in the streets of downtown East Lansing. This annual celebration of music is FREE and features a variety of musical performers and groups, including local acts, up and coming stars, and this year, a special New Orleans-style parade. Last year, audiences were charmed by Cyrille Aimée, one of the rising stars of jazz, who performed at the festival and later that year appeared at Wharton Center. This year, another up and coming jazz musician continues a new tradition; first performing at the Summer Solstice Jazz Festival, then later that year gracing the Wharton Stage, and her name is Cécile McLorin Salvant.
Cécile McLorin Salvant is a new kind of young musician. Born in Miami, but trained in Axe-en-Provence, France, she is known for her creative interpretations of unknown and scarcely known jazz and blues music. She sings in French, Spanish, and English, and her album “WomanChild” was nominated for the 2014 Grammy Award for Best Jazz Album. Combining her unique take on performances and her diverse background, she breathes fresh air into a beloved music genre that will enchant anyone who listens to her sing:
Lucky for us, she’ll be in the area not once, but twice this year!
For more information about the Summer Solstice Jazz Festival: http://www.eljazzfest.com/
For more information about her performance at Wharton Center: http://www.whartoncenter.com/events/detail/cecile-mclorin-salvant