Cecile McLorin Salvant
A big night at the SFJAZZ Center—Cecile McLorin Salvant and sidemen Aaron Diehl (piano), Paul Sikivie (bass) and Pete Van Nostrand (drums) left a sold out Miner Auditorium breathless! In tasteful moments of silence, the audience was dead silent in anticipation. So much could be said, but San Francisco Chronicle's David Wiegand was right on point:
"I have never heard McLorin Salvant sing the same song the same way twice. Each time she approaches a song, it becomes something different. She probes and explores it with her insanely supple voice, lolling in the deepest contralto range and building back to a high, breathy soprano. Vibrato can flutter like Nina Simone, or swing slow and deep. She modulates tone like a sculptor models clay."
Definitely worthwhile to read the full article→"Happy birthday, SFJazz Center." On his way out, Wiegand also gave a shout out to the Claudia Villela / Harvey Wainapel 'Getz/Gilberto' Hotplate in Joe Henderson Lab. Looking into the transparent Lab with a few others, "...it was almost as if I could have touched the sound."
Claudia Villela / Harvey Wainapel 'Getz/Gilberto' Hotplate