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    This 27-Year-Old Singer Puts New Life Into Old Songs

    She’s a Miami native, but her tradition is pure jazz. Fellow Harlemite Cécile McLorin Salvant is one of my favorite musicians, and I love how her career has blossomed over the years. In this article, readers can see how she embraces the contradictions of the classic songs she sings, what inspires her and some of the twists and turns on her path to success — including the fact that when she first heard Billie Holiday sing, she felt frightened. I can’t wait to hear her forthcoming double album, Dreams and Daggers.

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