Savannah Music Festival: Cecile McLorin Salvant

Airs Thursday, May 14, at 8 p.m. People who love jazz singing seem to always be hoping to discover the next Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan or Ella Fitzgerald. Until very recently, the only contemporary jazz singer who came close to matching these three giants is the extraordinary Dianne Reeves, that is, until the emergence of Cecile McLorin Salvant. At age 24, this astoundingly gifted singer has perfect pitch and enunciation, a playful sense of humor, a rich and varied tonal palette, and a supple sense of swing. In this episode, we listen to a 2014 lunchtime performance given by Cecile McLorin Salvant along with the Aaron Diehl Trio, featuring Diehl on piano, Paul Sikivie on bass and Pete Van Nostrand on drums.