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Celebrated Jazz Artist Cécile McLorin Salvant Comes to McCarter Theatre

By Gina Marie Rodriguez, JerseyArts.com

Celebrated Jazz Artist Cécile McLorin Salvant Comes to McCarter Theatre

A three-time Grammy winner, Cécile McLorin Salvant won the coveted Thelonious Monk Int’l Jazz Competition in 2010 and has since received the 2020 MacArthur Fellowship and the Doris Duke Award. She has made quite the mark on the jazz world, but is also a talented visual artist, with her work being featured in the upcoming animated and fully orchestrated feature film "The Ogresse." Here, correspondent Gina Marie Rodriguez chats with McCarter Theatre's long-time Director of Special Programming, Bill Lockwood Jr., about Cécile, jazz, and the return to live at McCarter.

Don’t miss Cécile McLorin Salvant at McCarter’s Berlind Theater December 10 & 11, 2021.

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originally published: 12/08/2021

About the author: Gina Marie Rodriguez is an award-winning screenwriter, director, and actress based in NY/NJ. Her foray into filmmaking began at a young age as a way to avoid public speaking in school. From there, it grew into a love of telling stories and creating new worlds. Rose and Pearl Entertainment was born not long after, producing films about life, love and everything in between. Her work centers on female-driven comedy with a healthy blend of humility, humor, and heart. She boasts a Bronze Remi win from Worldfest Houston, Best Female Filmmaker from the Cosmic Film Festival, and a Best Actress in a Comedy from the Hang Onto Your Shorts Film Festival alongside nominations from the Golden Door International Film Festival, Official Latino Film and Arts Festival and Los Angeles Cinefest among others.Gina is also a festival founder and director. In 2013, she founded the Westfield International Film Festival (formerly the Rahway IFF) whose mission it is to call attention to and encourage the artistic endeavors of women and minorities, whose work is often overlooked, and in so doing fully advocate for equality. Offering fellow filmmakers a safe space in which to present their art to the public and celebrate their hard work and passion has been one of the highlights of her life. Under the non-profit umbrella of Big Dreams & Silver Screens, the organization also hosts the first and only film festival in New Jersey dedicated to films both by and for artists 18 years old and younger - Big Dreams Youth Film Festival.

Content provided by Discover Jersey Arts, a project of the ArtPride New Jersey Foundation and New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

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