I wouldn’t consider myself a jazz junkie, but at times I get on a jazz and blues kick. The soothing drum and piano combination, heart pinching vibrato, and voice control intrigues me. Thankfully it doesn’t take much to encounter a live session either. In California after finding a flyer in a jazz inspired coffee shop, I witnessed a street performer impersonate Billie Holiday at an undisclosed performance venue called The Dollhouse in the Mission district of San Francisco. When at home I can easily take a train to city jazz spots like Fat Cat, or check out an ensemble at the Yale School of Music. People may not wear classic shiny gowns or 3 piece suits, but the local jazz club is alive and well.
As much as I enjoy the greats like John Coltrane and Chet Baker, there are thousands of new jazz musicians floating around the music scene like Cecile McLorin Salvant. At only 23, the Miami born French songstress is already performing concerts in Paris, winning jazz vocal competitions and stealing hearts with her timeless tone. Take a slow and easy start to your Monday morning with this jazz and blues gem.
Cecile McLorin Salvant – “Mean to Me” (LIVE)