St. Cecilia Music Center Debuts 2016/2017 Jazz Series this Thursday on December 8th with Grammy Award Winning Jazz Vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant

St. Cecilia Music Center’s 2016/2017 Jazz Series Debuts on December 8, 2016 with the 2016 Grammy Award winning jazz vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant, called “the Ella Fitzgerald of her generation”. Her 2015 Mack Avenue Album For One To Love won the 2016 Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album, securing her place as one of the most exciting young jazz artists on the world stage. SCMC Executive Director Cathy Holbrook states, “Cécile McLorin Salvant is the perfect debut concert for this season’s Jazz Series. At 27 years old, Cécile is already a sensation!”

Concert tickets are $38 and $43 and can be purchased by calling St. Cecilia Music Center at 616-459-2224 or visiting the box office at 24 Ransom Ave. NE. Tickets can also be purchased online at A post-concert “Meet-the-artist” reception will be offered to all ticket-holders giving the audience the opportunity to meet Ms. McLorin Salvant and obtain signed CDs of her releases. There will also be a pre-concert reception offered with wine and hors d’oeuvres for $15 per person.

St. Cecilia Music Center’s Jazz Series is known for bringing internationally known jazz musicians – both up and coming as well as jazz legends – to Grand Rapids. The SCMC Jazz Series gives jazz lovers the opportunity to hear these artists up close and personal without having to travel outside of the area to hear them, and introduces West Michigan music lovers to the best jazz musicians in the world.

On March 23, 2017, Grand Rapids will witness a young jazz prodigy who Wynton Marsalis claims is the “real deal.” Thirteen year old jazz pianist Joey Alexander will appear on the SCMC series and will perform with his trio. Joey was featured on “60 Minutes” in a segment with Anderson Cooper called “Little Jazz Man” and had center stage at the 2016 58th Grammy award ceremony where he received a standing ovation. His album, My Favorite Things was nominated for a GRAMMY in two categories this year: Instrumental Jazz Album and Best Improvised Jazz Solo. Joey is the youngest ever GRAMMY nominee in a jazz category.

The third jazz concert in the series will take place on May 4, 2017 with super group SFJAZZ Collective from San Francisco featuring Miguel Zenon, Alto Saxophone; David Sanchez, tenor saxophone; Sean Jones, trumpet; Robin Eubank, trombone; Warren Wolf, vibraphone; Edward Simon, piano, Matt Penman, bass and Obed Calvaire, drums performing the music of Miles Davis and original compositions. An all-star ensemble comprising eight of the finest performer/composers at work in jazz today, the SFJAZZ Collective’s mission each year is to perform fresh arrangements of works by a modern master and newly commissioned pieces by each Collective member.

Season subscription tickets to the 2016-17 Jazz Series and CMS Series are now available at special rates by calling 616-459-2224 or visiting St. Cecilia Music Center at 24 Ransom NE, Grand Rapids, 49503 and online at

Series Subscribers are offered great benefits including:

  • 15% discount off single ticket prices
  • 60% off pre-concert receptions ticket price ($20 pp for three receptions in a series, holding a value of $15 per person/per concert) CMS and jazz performances only

More About Cécile McLorin Salvant

When Cécile McLorin Salvant arrived at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC to compete in the finals of the 2010 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition, she was not only the youngest finalist, but also a mystery woman with the most unusual background of any of the participants. When she walked away with first place in the jazz world’s most prestigious contest, the buzz began almost immediately and she was labeled the Ella Fitzgerald of her generation. The accolades intensified in the months leading up to the launch of her Mack Avenue Records debut, WomanChild. Cécile’s WomanChild was immediately nominated for the 2014 Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album. A year later she won the 2016 Grammy Awards for Best Jazz Vocal Album For One To Love.

Cécile performs unique interpretations of unknown and scarcely recorded jazz and blues compositions. She focuses on a theatrical portrayal of jazz standards, and composes music and lyrics that she sings in a variety of different languages – English, Spanish and French, her native language. Cécile enjoys popularity in Europe and in the United States, performing in clubs, concert halls, and festivals accompanied by renowned musicians like Jean-Francois Bonnel, Rodney Whitaker, Aaron Diehl, Dan Nimmer, Sadao Watanabe, Jacky Terrasson (she was the guest singer on his latest album, Gouache), Archie Shepp, and Jonathan Batiste. She is also the voice of Chanel’s Chance ad campaign for the third consecutive year. For more information