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Esperanza Spalding

Hailed as a prodigy on the acoustic double bass within months of first touching the instrument as a 15-year-old, Esperanza Spalding has emerged as a fine jazz bassist, but has also distinguished herself playing blues, funk, hip-hop, pop fusion, and Brazilian and Afro-Cuban styles as well. Born in Portland, OR in 1984, Spalding was not well served by the public school system and soon dropped out of classes to be home-schooled. Returning to the public school system at 15, she encountered her first acoustic bass (she had already been playing violin for several years) and immediately took to the instrument. Dropping out of school again, Spalding enrolled in classes at Portland State University as a 16-year-old, and earned her B.A. in just three years and was immediately hired as an instructor in the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston in the spring of 2005. After touring and playing with a whole host of artists, including Joe Lovano, Patti Austin, Michel Camilo, Charlie Haden, Regina Carter, Pat Metheny, Dave Samuels, and many others, in addition to heading her own jazz trio, Spalding recorded and released Junjo on the Barcelona-based Ayva imprint in 2006, following it with 2008's simply named Esperanza (on Heads Up Records), which scored big with critics and listeners alike. The album topped Billboard's contemporary jazz chart and remained on it for over 70 weeks. In addition, it became the best-selling album by a new jazz artist internationally during 2008. Spalding followed it up with Chamber Music Society in August of 2010. The set was comprised of eight originals and three covers -- including Dimitri Tiomkin and Ned Washington's "Wild Is the Wind" and Antonio Carlos Jobim's "Inutil Paisagem." It was performed by Spalding's quartet with guest vocal appearances from Milton Nascimento and Gretchen Parlato, a small string section, and guitarist Ricardo Vogt. the album reached number one on Billboard's Contemporary Jazz chart, and she received a Grammy in 2011 for Best New Artist. Spalding recorded a companion album to Chamber Music Society throughout 2011. Entitled Radio Music Society, this set includes her regular band -- drummer Terry Lynne Carrington and pianist Leo Genovese -- with help from longtime collaborator Joe Lovano on saxophone and numerous guests: drummers Jack DeJohnette and Billy Hart, guitarists Jef Lee Johnson and Lionel Loueke, hip-hop producer and DJ Q-Tip, and a slew of vocalists, Parlato and Lalah Hathaway among them. It was released in the early spring of 2012. ~ Steve Leggett & Thom Jurek, Rovi
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She is simply bad a**
her music epic
Her music is great.
I LOVE Esperanza Spaulding. She puts on the best show I've ever heard/seen!! ! I named my baby daughter after her Zoe Esperanza. :)
lgaudet65
Beautiful
Esperanza has the voice of an angel.
World channel got me to listen to her.
marvin322
Brilliant. My wife an I have enjoyed her style with Lionel Loueke in Austin Texas (One World Theater), Chicago's Ravinia and House of Blues in Dallas, Texas. We anxiously await her next performance we get to attend. Her music and smile are both brilliant.
I love this brilliant young lady!!! Saw her at the Ogontz Festival in Philadelphia and I was blown away. Such an exquisite talent and creative soul........ .
So inspired by her music!
Love her!! Rich musical style and voice. Just inspirationa l .
iasiadeyo
Lover her music!
I met Esperanza when she was a child, back when I used to go hang out with her brother at their house.
My soul is at PEACE!!!! Thanks
I recognized her true talent while listening the very first time and now I will never forget what originality and greatness sounds like. She is completely impressive.
One of those rare occurrences where Music really does live-up to the place where Art lives.....!
I LOVE what GOD has given us in Esperanza. Thank you GOD for YOUR creative spirit in this one your Child.
robinqnell
Mmmmm my God !! I can't stop listening it does something to my soul !!!!! ~SCRIBE~ www.lifeofsc r i b e . c o m
dsbtree
blacksugarfo o t - WHOA!!!!!!!
She's the first bassist in a while that's inspired me to practice playing again.
Crazy determinatio n can take you a very long way
fstop1333
MAAAD talent!!!
Have become an instant fan!
aztechbgi
There is always Hope.
mercuryxixdo g
Would LOVE to see her play Adesimba in American Ubuntu!
She's a great artist!
ccarterboyz
Espy
an unbelievable prodigy, talent, teacher and gift.
When is she going to perform in Los Angeles? This lil sista is awesome.
Portland - so proud of Espy
steph1099200 0
Saw her show this month. Like it, I liked last years a little more better because she put some of the spotlight on the pianist, he is extraordinar y like Esperanza, but still enjoyed it. Espy you are amazing.
steph1099200 0
Just brought my ticket to see her in October. It will be my second time. Love her.
literaly amazing. You can really feel her soul bubbling from the music. Finally a new truly unique jazz great. but wat she does is more than jazz its music its innovation and its beautiful. ESPERANZA RULEZZZZZ
It's easy to see why this triple threat was awarded a Grammy at such a young age. Already a penultimate musician (on multiple instruments, no less), singer AND composer, she has a sound that is fresh, warm, unique and identifiable . I think her musical expression must be a perfect reflection of her beautiful heart. It boggles the mind to imagine the rich musical heritage this young woman may contribute to human culture, particularly to the body of jazz works, in her lifetime. Go Esperanza!!!
I had never heard of her till I got one of her songs as a free download. Then I had hear more and found out she was coming to town. I saw her in Phoenix with my 12 yr old daughter right after her white House performance. Very inspirationa l . We even had the chance to meet her and the band. She's even better in person. We are fans for life.
It would be nice if Pandora listed the sidemen
moses.boone
Nice Chops!
scmdesign
does anyone know if she has a twitter?
herbd3289
Number one person, dead or alive, I'd like to have dinner with.
Gifted Inspiration
Gifted musician!
m_y_phillips
if you ever get a chance to see her live she is absolutely worth every penny!
Esperanza's music is so transporting -- always puts me in a good mood!
mmmmmthatgir l
BRILLIANT!
colestb
One of THE best artists out. I love her style, both music and personal.
Amazing musician
Hey, Pandora! Time to update Esperanza's bio to include her 2011 Grammy for Best New Artist of the Year! Way to kick pop music's butt, Ms. Spalding! What a fantastic young artist. She is truly amazing.
I've been looking for her and didn't even realize it- she is amazing!
I first saw her at the White House,where she was playing for Obama and his audience, it was refreshing and she is very talented and young
Nicely done.
Young and musically talented! Keep on keeping on Esperanza :-)
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