December 07, 2012

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. —The Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University will present three jazz shows as part of the spring 2013 Janet Weis Jazz Series. All events in the series are free and open to the public.

Cécile McLorin Salvant will perform on Wednesday, Jan. 30, at 7:30 p.m. in the Weis Center Lobby.

Salvant, who recently turned 23 years old, performs unique interpretations of unknown and scarcely recorded jazz and blues compositions.

She focuses on a theatrical portrayal of the jazz standard and composes music and lyrics which she also sings in French, her native language, as well as in Spanish.

In 2009, after a series of concerts in Paris, she recorded her first album "Cécile", with Jean-François Bonnel's Paris Quintet. She enjoys popularity in Europe and in the United States, performing in clubs, concert halls, and festivals.

Winner of the 2010 Thelonious Monk competition, she sings for the second consecutive year for the Chanel's Chance ad campaign. In August 2012, Salvant recorded at the Avatar Studios a CD to be released early next year for the Mack Avenue Label with Aaron Diehl, Rodney Whitaker, Herlin Riley and James Chirillo.

Marianne Solivan Quartet will perform on Wednesday, Feb. 20, at 7:30 p.m. in the Weis Center Lobby.

Quickly becoming one of the most buzzed-about jazz singers on the New York scene, Marianne Solivan does not remember an "ah-ha" moment that brought her to the music she has devoted herself to, "I don't recall having a big moment that made me like jazz. I just dug it." Her album, "Prisoner of Love" received 4 Stars in Downbeat Magazine's September 2012 issue.

It is no coincidence that the 2009 Jazzmobile Vocal Competition finalist has graced recital halls, jam sessions and club stages with such noted musicians as Roy Hargrove, Steve Lacy, Jeremy Pelt, Ray Gallon, Ugonna Ukegwo, and Jane Monheit's sidemen Neal Minor and Michael Kanan. 

Tia Fuller Quartet will perform on Saturday, April 27, at 7:30 p.m. at the Campus Theatre, as part of Lewisburg's Celebration of the Arts.

Tia Fuller, perhaps best known as the saxophone player for R&B star Beyoncé, is an accomplished performer in her own right. She has recorded three CDs with her quartet. 

As part of Beyoncé's I AM..Sasha Fierce Tour and Beyoncé Experience world tour, Fuller has played in various venues throughout the United States, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia.

She is a featured soloist on the Beyoncé Experience DVD (Me, Myself and I), I AM Yours DVD and also appeared on a number of major television shows, such as The Oprah Winfrey Show, Today Show, Good Morning America, BET Awards, American Music Awards and Total Request Live, and the 2010 Grammy Awards.

The dynamic saxophonist has been featured in Jazz Improv Magazine, Rocky Mountain News, The Philadelphia Tribune, The Star Ledger, Downbeat Magazine and many other print and online publications.

For more information about these events, contact Lisa Leighton, marketing and outreach coordinator, at 570-577-3727 or by e-mail at

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