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Esperanza Spalding

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  • Born: Portland, OR
  • Years Active: 2000s
  • Website: http://www.esperanzaspalding.com
  • Recent Activity: 03.15.17 RT @NEAarts: We're taking a look back to that time when @EspeSpalding told us a little bit abt her creative life...https://t.co/k91IdQHzqE…
  • Esperanza Spalding

  • Esperanza Spalding

  • Esperanza Spalding

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Biography All Music Guide

All Music Guide:

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.

Tour Dates All Dates Dates In My Area

Date Venue Location Tickets
04.14.17 Scullers Jazz Club Boston, MA US
04.15.17 Scullers Jazz Club Boston, MA US
04.23.17 New Jersey Performing Arts Center Newark, NJ US
05.06.17 Apollo Theater New York, NY US

eMusic Features

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Six Degrees of Esperanza Spalding’s Radio Music Society

By Kevin Whitehead, Contributor

It used to be easier to pretend that an album was its own perfectly self-contained artifact. The great records certainly feel that way. But albums are more permeable than solid, their motivations, executions and inspirations informed by, and often stolen from, their peers and forbearers. It all sounds awfully formal, but it's not. It's the very nature of music — of art, even. The Six Degrees features examine the relationships between classic records and five… more »

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Six Degrees of Esperanza Spalding’s Radio Music Society

By Kevin Whitehead, Contributor

It used to be easier to pretend that an album was its own perfectly self-contained artifact. The great records certainly feel that way. But albums are more permeable than solid, their motivations, executions and inspirations informed by, and often stolen from, their peers and forbearers. It all sounds awfully formal, but it's not. It's the very nature of music — of art, even. The Six Degrees features examine the relationships between classic records and five… more »

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New This Week: The Shins, Esperanza Spalding & More

By J. Edward Keyes, Editor-in-Chief

I've been back from Austin for about 48 hours, but my body is only just now starting to adjust to things like normal sleep patterns, being stationary for long periods of time, and not drinking beer every day. Soon, I will stop having dreams that I am being chased by a giant, furious side of brisket. I look forward to those days in breathless anticipation. Until they arrive, here's this week's New Arrivals: The Shins, Port… more »

Activity

  • 03.15.17 RT @NEAarts: We're taking a look back to that time when @EspeSpalding told us a little bit abt her creative life...https://t.co/k91IdQHzqE…
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  • 03.10.17 Didn't have time to post for #InternationalWomensDay cause I spent the day learning with phenomenal artists&organizers in #SouthSideChicago.
  • 03.06.17 RT @pitchfork: .@KamasiW, @EspeSpalding, and more are waving the freak flag of cosmic jazz for a new era https://t.co/1bLeSxfujI
  • 03.02.17 RT @NewportJazzFest: Wave 3 of our '17 lineup (contd.): @GeriAllenPiano, @tlcarrington, @EspeSpalding; @JoeyJazzOrgan + The People; #UriCai…
  • 03.02.17 RT @thefader: Premiere: Cleanse your soul with @mtwstevens and @EspeSpalding's “Our Reunion." https://t.co/yEvgKTbjFP https://t.co/wK4xU7gT…
  • 03.02.17 RT @SPIN: Listen to a new song from Matthew Stevens and @EspeSpalding https://t.co/BOe37OO2JI https://t.co/VMX7llaf8t
  • 03.02.17 RT @RelixMag: .@NewportJazzFest announces third wave including @theroots, @EspeSpalding, John Medeski solo and more :: https://t.co/BMYtCGg…
  • 02.16.17 RT @pitchfork: .@EspeSpalding joined @AndrewBird for a living room set https://t.co/5sWLE3FLRC