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Cécile McLorin Salvant Redefines Jazz at the Wisconsin Union Theater

Press Release

For immediate release

Contact: Esty Dinur, edinur@wisc.edu, (608) 262-3907


The Wisconsin Union Theater welcomes Cécile McLorin Salvant to Shannon Hall on Thursday, March 8th at 8 pm. Pricing is as follows: UW-Madison students are $10, Union Members and Non-UW Students are $33/29/25, UW-Madison Faculty and Staff are $35/31/25, General Public is $37/33/25, Youth: $20 . Tickets may be bought online, by phone at 608-265-ARTS (2787) or in person, see locations and hours here.

Grammy-winning jazz vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant, whose voice has a “vast, almost operatic range" according to jazz journalist Fred Kaplan’s profile of her in The New Yorker, has been compared to Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and Sarah Vaughn. 

Born and raised in Miami, Florida to a French mother and Haitian father, Salvant has been taking the jazz world by storm. She began taking classical piano at age 5 and started singing in the Miami Choral Society at age 8. In 2007, Cécile moved to Aix-en-Provence, France, to study law as well as classical and baroque voice at the Darius Milhaud Conservatory. It was there that she learned about jazz. She recorded her first album, "Cécile," with Jean-François Bonnel's Paris Quintet. A year later, she won the Thelonious Monk competition in Washington D.C. Popular in Europe and the United States, she has performed in numerous clubs, concert halls, and festivals. In 2014, her second album, WomanChild, was nominated for a Grammy and 2015’s For One to Love won the Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album. Over the years, Salvant has developed a curiosity for the history of American music, and the connections between jazz, vaudeville, blues, and folk music. She carefully chooses her repertoire, oftentimes unearthing rarely recorded, forgotten songs, with strong stories.


This performance is presented by the Wisconsin Union Theater’s Performing Arts Committee. This is also supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as the Porter and Mary-Louise Butts Theater Fund. Media sponsors are WORT, 89.9 FM and Capital City Hues.