Cécile McLorin Salvant & Sullivan Fortner Cécile McLorin Salvant & Sullivan Fortner Cécile McLorin Salvant & Sullivan Fortner
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Cécile McLorin Salvant & Sullivan Fortner

Concert given by the triple Grammy winner for Best Jazz Vocal Album of 2015, 2017 and 2018


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Date of Event

Saturday, 1. 6. 2019 from 20.00
Expected end of the concert 22.00

Event place



1 200 CZK Sold out


  • Cécile McLorin Salvant - vocal
  • Sullivan Fortner - piano

In association with the DOX Centre for Contemporary Art


The triple Grammy winner

Just shortly before Cécile McLorin Salvant released her second album, Woman Child, a review of her performance published in the New York Times augured: “she is still mostly unkown to jazz audiences…, though not for much longer.” The truth of this expectation has since been proven down to the last dot. The singer´s second CD has earned her a plethora of plaudits, including a Grammy nomination. She then still had to wait some before scoring the win there, but of course she eventually did, and three times over, in 2015, 2017 and 2018, winning Grammies for best jazz vocal albums.

She was born in Miami, Florida, into a bilingual family, her mother being French and her father Haitian. She has played the piano since age five, and as an eight-year-old took up singing in a professional choir. She completed her formal studies in Aix-en-Provence, in southern France, a part of the world where a thousand years before troubadours had laid foundations to the Western European love song genre. Cécile McLorin Salvant, however, then studied law, at the same time furthering her classical voice training, with focus on Baroque music. In the midst of this unusual dual pursuit, she reached a point where she decided to venture into uncharted territory, finding herself under the spell of jazz music.

Three years later, in 2010, she emerged the uncontested winner of the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition, according to many the most prestigious contest in its field. “If anyone can extend the lineage of the Big Three – Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald – it is this 23-year-old virtuoso,” wrote Stephen Holden in the New York Times.

On her most recent album, The Window, she was accompanied by Sullivan Fortner at the piano. This will also be the combination for her Prague Spring concert, her debut appearance before a Czech audience.