Cécile Savage

Welcome to the musical voyage that started in Paris and meanders through Europe, Africa and North America. Cécile plays who she is: a blend of French Cabaret and American Jazz. Born in Martinique, raised in Paris, she studied piano for many years. She moved to New York City where she joined the Living Theater for a while and then decided to devote her life entirely to music. She studied guitar with Ted Dunbar through the Jazzmobile program.

It is then that she started to play electric bass with blues harmonicist Sugar Blue, with whom she also toured with Memphis Slim, Louisiana Red and Willie Mabon. She decided to move to Chicago where she performed with Blues and Jazz musicians such as Jimmy Dawkins, Von Freeman, Fred Anderson, Franz Jackson, Floyd McDaniel, George Freeman, Oscar Brown Jr., Redd Holt and many more.

She performed at the 2008 Chicago Jazz Festival : Tribute to Malachi Favors. She also co-led « Komango » with pianist Calvin « Koco » Brunson, adding her mellow voice and her own compositions to a culturally diverse repertoire steeped in the African American, French and Brazilian traditions.

Cécile is focusing on Jazz vocal performance, and also performs with a 5 string Alter Ego electric upright bass, made in Rome, Italy. She combines all musical elements in a style which is truly her own.

Her music reflects her many influences: French lyricism, bluesy melodies and passion, and her own jazz compositions with Brazilian overtones. She resided in New Orleans for over 6 years and recently moved back to Chicago.

She holds a Bachelors degree in Jazz studies from Roosevelt University in Chicago, a Masters in Education from DePaul University and a Masters in Music Education from Vandercook College of Music.

Cecile Savage

Photo by Charles Nolis Anderson

LISTEN

With Jeremy Kahn on Piano

With Calvin Brunson on Piano, Curtis Prince on Drums, and Fred Jackson on Saxophone.

EVENTS

April 23, 2023. Composers Forum at the Green Mill, 4802  N. Broadway 4PM. Band members TBA

DECEMBER 5, 2022 Davenport 1383 N. Milwaukee Chicago Cabaret Professionals Benefit for UNICEF

JUNE 18th, 2022 – 7PM Vocalist for Renée Baker’s NO SAFETY IN SILENCE
Ragdale 1260 North Green Bay Rd, Lake Forest 847-234-1063

August 27th, Bronzeveille Jazz Festival, King Drive and 51st street

DECEMBER 31, 2021 – Le Piano 6970 N. Glenwood, Chicago, IL.
7 PM with Theodis Rodgers on Piano

NOVEMBER 15, 2021 – Le Piano 6970 N. Glenwood, Chicago, IL.
7 PM with Miguel De La Cerna on Piano

NOVEMBER 15, 2021 – Le Piano 6970 N. Glenwood, Chicago, IL.
7 PM with Miguel De La Cerna on Piano

OCTOBER 8, 2021 – Noteworthy Jazz Big Band, South Side Music Alliance, South Holland, IL 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM

JULY 13, 2021 – Starlight Lounge 817 St. Louis st, New Orleans, LA.
8 PM – 10 PM.

EVENTS

DECEMBER 5, 2022 Davenport 1383 N. Milwaukee Chicago Cabaret Professionals Benefit for UNICEF

DECEMBER 5, 2022 Davenport 1383 N. Milwaukee Chicago Cabaret Professionals Benefit for UNICEF

DECEMBER 5, 2022 Davenport 1383 N. Milwaukee Chicago Cabaret Professionals Benefit for UNICEF

DECEMBER 4, 2022, Jazz Showcase, event for the Chicago Jazz Institute, 1PM 809 S. Plymouth with the Noteworthy Big Band

JUNE 18th, 2022 – 7PM Vocalist for Renée Baker’s NO SAFETY IN SILENCE
Ragdale 1260 North Green Bay Rd, Lake Forest 847-234-1063

August 27th, Bronzeveille Jazz Festival, King Drive and 51st street

DECEMBER 31, 2021 – Le Piano 6970 N. Glenwood, Chicago, IL.
7 PM with Theodis Rodgers on Piano

NOVEMBER 15, 2021 – Le Piano 6970 N. Glenwood, Chicago, IL.
7 PM with Miguel De La Cerna on Piano

OCTOBER 8, 2021 – Noteworthy Jazz Big Band, South Side Music Alliance, South Holland, IL 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM

JULY 13, 2021 – Starlight Lounge 817 St. Louis st, New Orleans, LA.
8 PM – 10 PM.

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Cécile Savage

Cécile is a Jazz vocal performer and also performs with a 5 string electric upright bass and an electric fretless bass guitar. She combines all musical elements in a style which is truly her own.

Her music reflects her many influences: French lyricism, bluesy melodies and passion, and her own jazz compositions with Brazilian overtones. She resided in New Orleans for over 6 years and recently moved back to Chicago.

Cécile Savage

Welcome to the musical voyage that started in Paris and meanders through Europe, Africa and North America. Cécile plays who she is: a blend of French Cabaret and American Jazz. Born in Martinique, raised in Paris, she studied piano for many years. She moved to New York City where she joined the Living Theater for a while and then decided to devote her life entirely to music. She studied guitar with Ted Dunbar through the Jazzmobile program.

It is then that she started to play electric bass with blues harmonicist Sugar Blue, with whom she also toured with Memphis Slim, Louisiana Red and Willie Mabon. She decided to move to Chicago where she performed with Blues and Jazz musicians such as Jimmy Dawkins, Von Freeman, Fred Anderson, Franz Jackson, Floyd McDaniel, George Freeman, Oscar Brown Jr., Redd Holt and many more.

She performed at the 2008 Chicago Jazz Festival : Tribute to Malachi Favors. She also co-led « Komango » with pianist Calvin « Koco » Brunson, adding her mellow voice and her own compositions to a culturally diverse repertoire steeped in the African American, French and Brazilian traditions.

Cécile is focusing on Jazz vocal performance, and also performs with a 5 string Alter Ego electric upright bass, made in Rome, Italy. She also just acquired a beautiful electric fretless bass guitar made by bassist Albey Balgochian. She combines all musical elements in a style which is truly her own.

Her music reflects her many influences: French lyricism, bluesy melodies and passion, and her own jazz compositions with Brazilian overtones. She resided in New Orleans for over 6 years and recently moved back to Chicago.

She holds a Bachelors degree in Jazz studies from Roosevelt University in Chicago, a Masters in Education from DePaul University and a Masters in Music Education from Vandercook College of Music.

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