Jazz Voice - grand opening gala Featuring Cécile McLorin Salvant, Cherise Adams-Burnett, Corinne Bailey Rae, Jalen N'Gonda, Judi Jackson, Matthew Whitaker, Raul Midón, Urban Flames
15 Nov 2019
The festival audience is to witness once again the incredible vocal artistry and magnetic onstage persona of the Grammy Award winning Cécile McLorin Salvant, performing her newest release The Window, with pianist Sullivan Fortner.
Exploring and extending the tradition of the piano-vocal duo, they improvise and rhapsodise; playing freely with time, harmony, melody, and phrasing.
The repertoire is inspired by the unpredictable nature of love, across a wide variety of songs by Richard Rodgers, Stephen Sondheim, Stevie Wonder, gems of French cabaret, and early rhythm and blues, alongside McLorin Salvant’s brilliant original compositions, adorned with her remarkable vocal technique and her rich interpretations.
‘ You get a singer like this once in a generation or two. ’
‘ His fundamentals as a player could hardly be stronger, and his instincts as a composer and bandleader are almost startlingly mature. ’
The McCormack & Yarde Duo featuring Andrew McCormack (piano) and Jason Yarde (saxes) will be opening the show where a cross-genre of world music meets jazz and classical music.
'The partnership between Yarde and McCormack is unmistakably fuelledby the reflexive spirit of jazz...it's a wonderful conversation. Yarde's sax improvising has quietly blossomed to world class.' Guardian
'Cecile has everything; grace, poise, a voice to die for. It’s no wonder that she is a firm favourite on Dinner Jazz. She is the real deal.'