aaron diehl

Billboard

Once again, there’s an awful lot of jazz to appreciate here this week, during Jazz Appreciation Month. First up, there’s the UNC/Greeley Jazz Festival now in its 48th year.

Litchfield Jazz Festival

In the 2014 DownBeat “Critics Poll,” singer Cécile McLorin Salvant exploded on the jazz scene. Just a year or so after the release of her first American album, WomanChild on Mack Avenue, the Miami-born singer, who moved to Aix-en-Provence, France in 2007 to study at the Conservatoire Darius Milhaud, emerged not only as the rising-star female vocalist but also as the top overall female vocalist on the scene (and the rising-star jazz artist as well).