Cécile McLorin Salvant makes her return to the SFJAZZ Center as one of the most celebrated young vocalists in jazz. Winner of the 2010 Thelonious Monk International Vocals Competition, Salvant’s stateside visibility got a boost via Jacky Terrasson’s recent album Gouache and an appearance with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, but her American debut album, WomanChild, was the first real opportunity for American audiences to hear why Salvant had become a European sensation. Possessing a deep, velvety voice, rhythmic poise, and a sublime feel for the blues, she combines conservatory-honed technique with a beguiling gift for lyrical interpretation. She was born and raised in Miami, where her French mother and Haitian father encouraged her musical inclinations. At eight she started singing in the Miami Choral Society and moved to Aix-en-Provence in 2007 to study voice and law at the Darius Milhaud Conservatory. Introduced to improvisation, she delved into 20th century music and started performing with a jazz combo, recording her first album Cécile with Jean-François Bonnel's Paris Quintet. With a repertoire full of lesser-known jazz and blues gems, Salvant brings theatrical intensity to every song, whether singing in English, French or Spanish.