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Cécile McLorin Salvant’s Third Album, Dreams and Daggers 2-CD Set, Deluxe 3-LP 180 Gram Vinyl Set

GRAMMY® Award-winning vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant has had a remarkable rise to stardom in her professional career, and she’s taking another big leap forward with Dreams and Daggers, her third album for Mack Avenue Records out now.

The songs on this album are of dreams and daggers.

The daggers have been used at times to attack, at times to defend. For power, no doubt, to take it, to keep it.

The dreams are the ones I caught looking out a window, or from the light sleep before the deep. I don’t always know what they mean, but they are the ones I was able to keep.

And yet dreams can be desires too. I wrote them down to make them true.

That we may bring our wildness into view. That we may be unruled and unruly. 

             – Cecile McLorin Salvant



You get a singer like this once in a generation or two” – Wynton Marsalis


In 2013, McLorin Salvant made her Mack Avenue Records debut with WomanChild, garnering a GRAMMY® Award-nomination, NPR Music’s pick for “Best Jazz Vocal Album of the Year,” and three placements in DownBeat’s critic’s poll as “Jazz Album of the Year,” “Top Female Vocalist,” and “Best Female Jazz Up and Coming Artist of the Year,” among many other accolades. Her 2015 follow up release, For One To Love, won the GRAMMY® Award for “Best Jazz Vocal Album.”

McLorin Salvant’s music has been featured in multiple Chanel “Chance” campaigns and is included in the soundtrack for HBO’s acclaimed film, Bessie. New York Times Magazine included her recording of “Trolley Song” as one of “25 Songs That Tell Us Where Music Is Going”.

The New Yorker profiled her at age 27, Vanity Fair featured her in their “Millennials That Are Shaking Up The Jazz World” piece, Essence Magazine noted her as one of “13 Emerging Black Women in Music,” and Gilles Peterson included her as an “Artist to Watch” in The Atlantic.

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“…the best jazz vocal album in a decade, maybe in longer than that.” — Stereophile


“Only a few years into her career, the singer has absorbed the music’s history and made it her own.” – The New Yorker


“She is wry and unflinching, stating the songs so boldly that their male chauvinism, untenable romanticism or high morality start to form a genre of dark humor.” – The New York Times


“…forming a bond with composer and audience alike as she revealed the extraordinary range, both musical and emotional, that has propelled her to a singular critical and commercial success at age 28.” – DownBeat


“What she’s done is no less than bring classic jazz singing into the 21st century. Not by mixing jazz with hip-hop or by giving jazz treatments to current pop songs, but by bringing a modern millennial mentality (not meant in a pejorative sense) to the tradition…” – New York City Jazz Record


“… a master class in entertainment as confrontation: impossible to turn away from her captivating performance, which made it impossible to ignore the enduring relevance of each song’s straightforward indictment of American society.” – Billboard


“She has precise articulation, an operatic range, and emotional range too: she inhabits her songs, as an actress inhabits her character in a play.” — Stereophile


“…elastic vocal and emotional range, which ranges from sassy, playful and coquettish to somber.” — AnalogPlanet


“…the crowd goes wild. They loved her and you will too. If you zone her out (not easy to do) and pay attention to the trio, you’ll feel the same about them too.” — AnalogPlanet






9/25-10/1 – Village Vanguard (w/ Sullivan Fortner) – New York, NY


11/10 & 11/11– Dazzle – Denver, CO


11/12 – The Sapphire Room – Boise, ID


11/13 – Capitol Theater – Salt Lake City, UT


11/15 – Lensic Performing Arts Center – Santa Fe, NM


11/18 – Sheldon Concert Hall – St Louis, MO


11/19 – Murry’s – Columbia, MO


12/15 & 12/16 – Scullers (w/ Sullivan Fortner) – Boston, MA


12/17 – The Sosnoff Theater at Bard College – (w/ Sullivan Fortner) – Annandale on Hudson, NY



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