20 Years of Freedom
ACS: Allen, Carrington, Spalding
Anat Cohen Symphony
Avishai Cohen presents: The Big Vicious
Avishai Cohen, Trumpet
Cherish The Ladies
Cherish The Ladies Symphony
Cherish The Ladies: Celtic Christmas
Chris Thile and Brad Mehldau
Dawn of Midi
DeJohnette Lovano Spalding Genovese
Dianne Reeves Symphony
Dianne Reeves: Christmas Time is Here
Elling Swings Sinatra
Ghost Train Orchestra
Idan Raichel Project
Irish Homecoming: Celebrating 30 Years
Joe Lovano Symphony
Joshua Redman: Aspects of Darkness and Light
Joshua Redman: Walking Shadows
Kathy Mattea Speaking/Keynote
Kathy Mattea Symphony
Kathy Mattea: My Coal Journey
Kathy Mattea: Songs and the Season
Kind Of Blue
Kurt Elling Symphony
Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Lizz Wright Symphony
Magos Herrera & Javier Limón: Dawn
Medeski, Scofield, Martin & Wood
MEHLIANA featuring Brad Mehldau and Mark Guiliana
Newport Jazz Festival®: Now 60
On Sacred Ground
Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club®
Sing the Truth!
Spanish Harlem Orchestra
Spanish Harlem Orchestra: Salsa Navidad
SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK
SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK Classic
SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK...A TRIBUTE
SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK: AFFIRMATIONS
SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK: CELEBRATING THE HOLYDAYS
Terri Lyne Carrington
The Bad Plus
The Bad Plus: Science Fiction
The Touré-Raichel Collective
Wayne Shorter Symphony
IMN representation: Worldwide
Since her early years to her current success as a creative musician, Esperanza Spalding has charted her own course. The young bassist/vocalist/composer was one of the biggest breakout stars of 2011, garnering Best New Artist at the 53rd Grammy® Awards. This is unprecedented by a jazz musician, and Spalding continues to make the unprecedented her norm. Spalding always strives to innovate her music, and has already reached numerous developments in her professional career.
Her journey as a solo artist began with the 2006 release of Junjo, featuring pianist Aruán Ortiz and drummer Francisco Mela. She presented the various sides of her writing on Esperanza, her 2008 international debut recording, quickly topping Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz Chart and becoming that year’s best selling jazz album worldwide. Numerous awards and appearances followed, including an invitation by President Barack Obama to appear at both the White House and the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony, performing at the 84th Academy Awards, and an appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman that found Letterman and bandleader Paul Shaffer proclaiming the young musician as the “coolest” guest in the program’s three-decade history.
Her experimental sketches continued with Chamber Music Society in 2010, joined by keyboardist Leo Genovese, drummer Terri Lyne Carrington, percussionist Quintino Cinalli, vocalists including legendary Milton Nascimento, and a string trio arranged by Gil Goldstein and Spalding. The album was another instant chart topper and gained multiple awards, earning her the Grammy® for Best New Artist in 2011.
Maintaining her lifelong passion for new sounds and uncharted territory, the versatile Spalding has collaborated with musicians and artists from different styles and genres, including Wayne Shorter, Prince, Herbie Hancock, Corinne Bailey Mae, Bruno Mars, and Janelle Monáe.
Her latest recording, Radio Music Society, includes a mosaic array of musicians; jazz legends Joe Lovano, Jack DeJohnette and Billy Hart; hip-hop giant Q-Tip, Algebra Blessett, Lalah Hathaway, Gretchen Parlato and Lionel Loueke; Portland mentors Janice Scroggins and Thara Memory, as well as the horn section of Memory’s American Music Program ensemble. Spalding hopes this album can serve as a window for the musicians whom she loves and admires to reach the mainstream audience, as what they manifest “bring good into the lives of the people who hear them.”
Radio Music Society is another unprecedented chapter in the Esperanza Spalding story, as she continues on her journey of new musical horizons.
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From The Wall Street Journal Esperanza Spalding, Stevie Wonder Push For Closing Guantanamo in ‘We Are America’ By: Eric R. Danton With the U.S. Senate poised to consider voting this week to close the Guantanamo Bay detention center as part...
Posted Nov 21st, 2013
From Amnesty International’s LiveWire Why did Esperanza Spalding record a song about Guantánamo? By: Josefina Salomon Today, Grammy Award-winning musician Esperanza Spalding released We Are America, a new song and music video supporting President Obama’s decision to close Guantánamo and...
Posted Nov 18th, 2013
From Los Angeles Times Music to shine a light on Guantanamo Bay By: Esperanza Spalding I finally read all of Martin Luther King Jr.‘s “Letter From Birmingham Jail” this spring while I was on tour for my album “Radio Music...
Posted Nov 18th, 2013
From Oregon Live Esperanza Spalding Benefit for Thara Memory’s American Music Program is Sunday By: Ryan White I hope we appreciate the many opportunities we have to see Esperanza Spalding in this town. She’s good, on average, for a touring...
Posted Aug 16th, 2013
From The Berkshire Eagle Esperanza Spalding: New voice in jazz By: Lauren Bender LENOX — Listening to Esperanza Spalding’s music, it is hard to pinpoint exactly which genre it belongs to. She is a jazz bassist and singer, and threads...
Posted Jul 31st, 2013
From JazzTimes Esperanza Spalding: Grounded & Inspiring Roseanna Vitro interviews the bassist, singer and bandleader about her musical development and influences In 2011, at the 53rd annual Grammy Awards, the promising 27 year-old bassist, composer and vocalist Esperanza Spalding became...
Posted Jun 25th, 2013
From Times Colonist Singular talent powers Esperanza Spalding’s performance at Jazzfest By: Mike Devlin Don’t let her little-girl nature fool you into thinking Esperanza Spalding is new to the jazz game. If anything, she should be speaking like a haggard...
Posted Jun 24th, 2013
From Wall Street Journal Esperanza Spalding on the Enduring Legacy of Jazz By A.D. Pruitt Grammy Award-winning jazz musician Esperanza Spalding was among several trailblazers honored this week in New York City at a benefit by the Brotherhood Sister/ Sol,...
Posted Jun 3rd, 2013
From Yahoo Music Blog Prince, Stevie Wonder and Esperanza Spalding, Tavis Smiley Show’s 2,000th Episode Highlights By: Billy Johnson, Jr Stevie Wonder, Carole King and Etta James are just a few of the music icons who will be featured on...
Posted May 24th, 2013
From The Daily Record Esperanza Spalding speaks universal language of timeless music By: Bill Nutt “Esperanza” is the Spanish word for “hope.” And for many aficionados and critics, Esperanza Spalding may be the new hope for jazz – in any...
Posted Apr 26th, 2013
From The Washington Post Bassist Esperanza Spalding celebrates Earth Day at Warner Theatre By: Roger Catlin Esperanza Spalding was celebrating Earth Day in her concert Monday at the Warner Theatre, sponsored by the Washington Performing Arts Society, giving some shout-outs...
Posted Apr 23rd, 2013
From Miami Herlad Esperanza Spalding presides over a night of soulful jazz in Miami this Friday By: Michael Hamersly The first thing that strikes you upon seeing Esperanza Spalding perform live, after of course marveling at her funk-tastic Afro, is...
Posted Apr 19th, 2013
From The Daily Beacon Spalding brings electric performance to Knoxville By: Melodi Erdogan Esperanza may mean hope in Spanish, but by the end of Sunday night, hope was replaced with satisfaction. The Cultural Attractions Committee, with help from AC Entertainment,...
Posted Apr 16th, 2013
From Knoxville.com Get physical: Esperanza Spalding says sometimes it’s your body feeling the music By: Wayne Bledsoe Esperanza Spalding was easily the most unlikely contender for the Grammy’s Best New Artist Category. In 2011, she beat Drake, Florence + The...
Posted Apr 12th, 2013
From The Montclarion Afrofluent Funk By: Theadora Lecour Four-time Grammy award winner Esperanza Spalding has blazed a trail for young, smart musicians in today’s day and age. The 28-year-old jazz super star has certainly found her bearings as an acclaimed...
Posted Apr 11th, 2013
From The Reading Eagle Jazz Fest Review: Esperanza Spalding amazes crowd in West Reading By: John Fidler Only the dead and the rhythmically bereft would be unable to tap their feet, nod their heads, hunch their shoulders and sway to...
Posted Apr 10th, 2013
From AnnArbor.com Esperanza Spalding fills the Michigan Theater with exceptional jazz By: Jennifer Eberbach Jazz virtuoso Esperanza Spalding brought a big band and a big sound to the Michigan Theater on Saturday. Between her superhuman vocal control and impressive bass...
Posted Apr 7th, 2013
From The Star Esperanza Spalding on journey of musical discovery By: Peter Goddard Jazz bassist and singer brings unique sound to Massey Hall Friday Her bass playing has been called “fiercely rhythmic,” her singing “sultry” and her looks “stunning.” Her...
Posted Apr 5th, 2013
From AnnArbor.com Acclaimed Esperanza Spalding playing Michigan Theater this weekend By: Kevin Ransom It’s been a very good couple of years for Esperanza Spalding. In 2011, Spalding—an extremely talented jazz bassist, composer and singer whose music also draws on rock,...
Posted Apr 3rd, 2013
From National Post Q&A: Grammy-winner Esperanza Spalding on the power of radio By: Ben Kaplan Beating Justin Bieber for the 2011 best new artist Grammy catapulted Esperanza Spalding to stardom, but the genre-busting bass player from Portland, OR., says that...
Posted Apr 1st, 2013
From Time Out Hong Kong Esperanza Spalding By: Li Meng de Bakker For Esperanza Spalding, winning multiple Grammys, performing internationally and jamming with Prince or Stevie Wonder is all in a week’s work. A master instrumentalist, smooth vocalist and inventive...
Posted Mar 15th, 2013
From NPR Esperanza Spalding: Song For A ‘City Of Roses’ By John Kin Esperanza Spalding has often said that she hopes to use the fame from her 2011 Best New Artist Grammy to help give her friends and mentors in...
Posted Feb 25th, 2013
from South China Morning Post Music is her first love By: Mathew Scott When fame found Esperanza Spalding, everything that followed seemed to come so naturally to the singer-composer-bass player that it was hard not to think she’d been ready...
Posted Feb 24th, 2013
From Oregon Live Esperanza Spalding wins two Grammys, including one with Thara Memory for ‘City of Roses’ By: Ryan White Last spring, Esperanza Spalding released the most anticipated album of her career, “Radio Music Society.” Prior to 2011, when she...
Posted Feb 11th, 2013
From Teen Vogue Esperanza Spalding on Grammys, Goals, and Beating Out Biebs The twenty eight-year-old Queen of Jazz tells us about her Grammy nominations (and wins!), going head to head with Justin Bieber, and her hopes for music in 2013....
Posted Dec 18th, 2012
From Terra Bruno Mars & Esperanza Spalding duet ‘Old & Crazy’ By: Yahaira Toribio Bruno Mars and jazz singer Esperanza Spalding team up for ragtime-y duet ‘Old & Crazy.’ The playful little ditty features the two singers going back and...
Posted Dec 13th, 2012
From NBC News Cafecito: Esperanza Spalding on mastering the music you love and giving back By Feliciano Garcia and Martin Garcia Flores On this episode of Cafecito, we are joined by musical prodigy, bassist and singer, Esperanza Spalding. The first...
Posted Dec 6th, 2012
from The Washington Examiner The Smithsonian loves Esperanza Spalding By Nikki Schwab Last fall, musician Esperanza Spalding was absolutely delighted to donate her dress, one that she wore to sing for President Obama at his Nobel Peace Prize ceremony, to...
Posted Nov 30th, 2012
From Soul Culture Esperanza Spalding at London Jazz Festival, Royal Festival Hall | Live Review By: Shaun Cronin The London Jazz Festival is known for bringing together the best in new talent and legends of the genre to perform in...
Posted Nov 30th, 2012
from Ebony Liberation Music: Esperanza Spalding Swings for Freedom in All-Star Benefit THE SOUL SISTER BRINGS HER TALENTS TO THE BIG APPLE FOR A BENEFIT TO END HUMAN TRAFFICKING By Eugene Holley, Jr. A handful of the world’s greatest musicians...
Posted Nov 27th, 2012
from BET Congratulations to Esperanza Spalding for winning the Best Contemporary Jazz Artist Award at the 2012 Soul Train Awards. The 2012 Soul Train Awards, hosted by Cedric the Entertainer for a second year, will be replayed on BET on...
Posted Nov 26th, 2012
From Smithsonian.com Esperanza Spalding Took on Bieber, Now Takes on Jazz The innovative bassist and winner of the Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award for performing arts is taking jazz to a whole new place By Dream Hampton Esperanza Spalding, the 28-year-old...
Posted Nov 26th, 2012
from Smithsonian Esperanza Spalding Took on Bieber, Now Takes on Jazz By Dream Hampton The innovative bassist and winner of the Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award for performing arts is taking jazz to a whole new place. Esperanza Spalding, the 28-year-old...
Posted Nov 21st, 2012
from Jazz Corner ESPERANZA SPALDING TO HOST “A NIGHT FOR FREEDOM” – DECEMBER 4 – BENEFIT CONCERT FOR FREE THE SLAVES Bassist, vocalist, composer and bandleader Esperanza Spalding today announced that she will host and perform at a benefit concert...
Posted Nov 12th, 2012
From VH1 EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Who is Esperanza Spalding’s Idol? By: Bené Viera What do fans not know about Esperanza Spalding? “You don’t know anything about me,” she said. Jokingly. Experiencing the 28-year-old jazz singing multi-instrumentalist live is a real treat...
Posted Oct 22nd, 2012
From Tampa Bay Online Esperanza Spalding, Avett Brothers headlining Clearwater Jazz Holiday By: Ed Condrand The annual Clearwater Jazz Holiday returns to Coachman park this Thursday, with a solid weekend lineup of jazz and non-jazz performers including rocker Bonnie Raitt,...
Posted Oct 17th, 2012
From The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Review: Esperanza Spalding Performance Worth Twice the Price By: Rick Nowlin Let’s cut to the chase. If you ever have the chance to see Esperanza Spalding in concert, consider it a bargain at twice the price....
Posted Oct 8th, 2012
From The Twin Cities Pioneer Press Music review: Esperanza Spalding shows off her versatility at the State Theatre By: Dan Emerson Bassist-composer-vocalist Esperanza Spalding scored a groundbreaking victory last year when she became the first jazz musician to win a...
Posted Oct 1st, 2012
From The Chicago Sun Times Speaking With … Esperanza Spalding 09.28.12 By: Miriam Di Nunzio She wowed PBS audiences in 2010 with an unforgettable performance on “Austin City Limits.” Last year, she became the first jazz artist to win the...
Posted Sep 26th, 2012
From The Monterey Herald Esperanza Spalding’s voice embraces fans By: Mac McDonald If Trombone Shorty owned Saturday afternoon at the 55th annual Monterey Jazz Festival, surely Esperanza Spalding owned Sunday afternoon. Each artist did it in wholly different ways, however....
Posted Sep 24th, 2012
From CentricTV Esperanza Spalding has been nominated for two awards by the 2012 Soul Train Awards in the category of Best Contemporary Jazz Artist or Group, along with Ben Tankard, Brian Culbertson, Cassandra Wilson and Peter White. She has also...
Posted Sep 21st, 2012
From The LA Times Review: Esperanza Spalding, Anita Baker jazz up the Hollywood Bowl By: Chris Barton Spalding, on the other hand, is only the most famous contemporary jazz artist of her generation. On the heels of her still-striking Grammy...
Posted Aug 24th, 2012
From The San Diego Union-Tribune MULTICULTURAL MARVEL: Esperanza Spalding easily hops from jazz to Latin to chamber music By: George Varga Last year, Esperanza Spalding shocked the music world — and millions of TV viewers — when she beat out...
Posted Aug 19th, 2012
From the LA Times The Sunday Conversation: Esperanza Spalding Jazz bassist, singer and composer Esperanza Spalding made a news splash when she beat out pop phenom Justin Bieber for the new artist trophy at the 53rd Grammy Awards last year....
Posted Aug 6th, 2012
From www.EsperanzaSpalding.com Esperanza Spalding has been nominated for the 2012 NCLR ALMA Award® in the category of Best Female Music Artist, along with Jennifer Lopez, Gloria Estefan, Naya Rivera and Demi Lovato. On Friday, September 21, some of the biggest...
Posted Jul 17th, 2012
From Lithium Magazine Esperanza Spalding – Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto Jazz Festival – June 28, 2012 By Anthony Marcusa It was standing room only under the crowded, hot tent at Nathan Philips Square for one of the most anticipated acts...
Posted Jul 9th, 2012
From: The Gazette By Gerald Dee Montreal International Jazz Festival 2012: The Spalding Society MONTREAL – Listening to Esperanza Spalding’s latest release, Radio Music Society, you would think each song had been tailor-made for the album. But that’s just not...
Posted Jun 28th, 2012
From democratandchronicle.com Review: Esperanza Spalding developing her own style of jazz No one will ever accuse Esperanza Spalding of wasting time. At 27, she’s won a Grammy for best new artist (famously beating out Justin Beiber) and made a strong...
Posted Jun 25th, 2012
From http://www.annarbor.com/ Jazz star Esperanza Spalding making Summer Festival appearance at Power Center By: Kevin Ransom Last year, Spalding—the young bassist, composer and singer—surprised many in the music industry when she won the Grammy Award for Best New Artist. That...
Posted Jun 18th, 2012
From http://www.mtv.co.uk Interview to Esperanza Spalding in the UK By: Stephen Almond Grammy award-winning jazz musician Esperanza Spalding recently touched down in the UK on a whistle-stop promotional tour and The Wrap Up’s Stephen Almond caught up with her to...
Posted Jun 18th, 2012
From: MLive.com By: Sue White Meaningful music is Esperanza Spalding’s contribution to Matrix: Midland MIDLAND, MI – Esperanza Spalding is the sort of performer who dares you to look away. The jazz musician – she plays bass, sings and writes...
Posted Jun 15th, 2012
From: Tulsa World Award-winning jazz musician found calling at young age By: James D. Watts Coming to Oklahoma for the first time has been a chance for Esperanza Spalding to go back to her musical beginnings. The Grammy Award-winning bassist,...
Posted Jun 13th, 2012
From Extra! Esperanza Spalding will appear on Extra! this weekend. The segment will air on Saturday and Sunday in Los Angeles and various times in other cities. To find out when to tune in click here
Posted May 24th, 2012
From iHeartRadio Esperanza Spalding will be performing a special intimate show at our iHeartRadio Theater presented by P.C. Richard & Son tonight. It’s too late to win tickets, but several iHeartRadio stations will be streaming live video of the show...
Posted May 14th, 2012
From The Washington Examiner Esperanza brings ‘Radio Music Society’ to Howard Theatre By: Emily Cary When classically trained jazz artist Esperanza Spalding walked away with the 2011 Grammy Award for Best New Artist, she was already a media darling for...
Posted May 10th, 2012
From TIME Esperanza Spalding Will Restore Your Faith In Music By: Jared T. Miller Fittingly, it all starts with a radio. The first notes of Esperanza Spalding’s album release tour aren’t notes at all—like a listener impatiently channel-searching, radio static...
Posted May 2nd, 2012
From Austin 360 The Bass and Grace of Esperanza Spalding By: Brad Buchholz Esperanza Spalding is one of the bright lights of American music — a bassist, composer and singer with a breadth of interests worthy of the American melting...
Posted May 1st, 2012
From The Huffington Post Esperanza Spalding on Creativity, Inspiration, and Hip Hop By: Demetria Irwin Twenty-seven-year-old Grammy award winner Esperanza Spalding is not only an amazing vocalist and musician, but also an inspiring public speaker. In support of her latest...
Posted Apr 27th, 2012
From The Seattle Times Esperanza Spalding plays Paramount Theatre Tuesday By: Paul de Barros Raised in Portland and catapulted from student to professor at Boston’s Berklee College right after she graduated, the 27-year-old approaches music with supple technique and an...
Posted Apr 24th, 2012
From JazzTimes Concert Review: Esperanza Spalding, Orpheum Theatre, Boston, April 22 A triumphant homecoming for the Grammy winner and rising star By: Bill Beuttler Esperanza Spalding had much to celebrate when she headlined Boston’s Orpheum Theatre on April 22. Most...
Posted Apr 23rd, 2012
From E! Online Esperanza Spalding’s Earth Day Plans? Debut New “Endangered Species” Video at D.C.‘s National Mall By: Peter Gicas This is music to our ears. In celebration of Earth Day on April 22, Grammy-winning artist Esperanza Spalding will premiere...
Posted Apr 19th, 2012
From The Buffalo News Spalding moves on from Grammy By: Jeff Miers Most artists who win a Grammy respond by giving the people what they want: the very thing that earned them a Grammy in the first place. Esperanza Spalding...
Posted Apr 18th, 2012
From The Boston Phoenix Esperanza Spalding’s ‘Society’ By: Jon Garelick The first time I was knocked out by Esperanza Spalding, she wasn’t even playing — she was talking. It was a public meeting of the Boston chapter of the Jazz...
Posted Apr 16th, 2012
From The Wall Street Journal Esperanza Spalding Performs on ‘The Daily Show’ Jazz singer and bassist Esperanza Spalding stopped by “The Daily Show” to chat up her new album “Radio Music Society.” The Grammy-winner appeared with her band and performed...
Posted Apr 13th, 2012
Esperanza Spalding graces the cover of the April 2012 issue of JazzTimes, which also includes a feature article called “Esperanza Spalding: Star Time.” Check out the cover below:
Posted Apr 11th, 2012
The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle Esperanza Spalding joins headliners at jazz festival By: Victoria E. Freile Esperanza Spalding will be the final headliner to perform at the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival in June, festival officials announced Tuesday. Spalding is...
Posted Apr 10th, 2012
Tune into NBC tonight at 11:35/10:35c to catch Esperanza Spalding on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno! And be sure to catch her appearance on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart this Thursday at 11:00/10:00c! UPDATE: In case you missed...
Posted Apr 9th, 2012
From DownBeat Esperanza Spalding will grace the cover of DownBeat‘s May issue alongside members of her “musical family” including Jack DeJohnette, Terri Lyne Carrington, and Joe Lovano, who are all featured on Esperanza’s latest album, Radio Music Society. Click the...
Posted Apr 6th, 2012
From DownBeat Editor’s Picks: Esperanza Spalding, Radio Music Society By: Bobby Reed The most anticipated jazz album of the year has arrived, and Esperanza Spalding’s hook-filled Radio Music Society is an artistic triumph. Her 2010 album, Chamber Music Society, caused...
Posted Apr 4th, 2012
From The Wall Street Journal Rallying The Bass By: Larry Blumenfeld ‘What’s it like making music once you’ve made it into the mainstream?” an audience member asked Esperanza Spalding during the opening roundtable of this year’s EMP Pop Conference, a...
Posted Apr 2nd, 2012
From The Guardian Esperanza Spalding: ‘I want to dig into Welsh poetry’ The jazz bassist and singer on hanging out with Prince, meeting her hero Yo-Yo Ma and getting in touch with her Welsh roots By: Imogen Tilden Hello, Esperanza....
Posted Mar 30th, 2012
From Glide Magazine Esperanza Spalding: Radio Music Society By: Nick Gunther The format of musical structure that represented Esperanza Spalding’s 2010 release Chamber Music Society is one that is centuries old. It’s a presentation of music that had birthed itself...
Posted Mar 27th, 2012
From MTV Esperanza Spalding Continues To Shock The ‘Radio Music Society’ By: Andres Marin A month ago, Esperanza Spalding was captivating the world at the 2012 Academy Awards. She beautifully sang “What a Wonderful World” in memory of Whitney Houston...
Posted Mar 26th, 2012
From NY Daily News Jim Farber’s Top Ten in music for week of March 25, 2012 By: Jim Farber 1) Esperanza Spalding “Radio Music Society” On her first album since becoming a major Grammy-winner, this brainy and skilled jazz singer/bassist...
Posted Mar 23rd, 2012
From The Boston Globe Spalding Hones Her Pop-Crossover Chops By: Steve Greenlee “Chamber Music Society,’’ the album that netted Esperanza Spalding so much acclaim, not to mention the 2011 Grammy for best new artist, braided strands of jazz, light classical,...
Posted Mar 22nd, 2012
From The Chicago Tribune Esperanza Spalding turns up the dial with ‘Radio Music Society’ By: Howard Reich The jazz bassist-vocalist Esperanza Spalding shocked the pop music world when she won the Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 2011. Conventional...
Posted Mar 21st, 2012
ESPERANZA SPALDING RELEASES RADIO MUSIC SOCIETY, A KALEIDOSCOPIC COLLECTION CELEBRATING THE POWER OF SONG Companion Release to the Bassist/Composer/Vocalist’s Chart-Topping Chamber Music Society is Accompanied by 12 Music Videos For Immediate Release – It has not taken Esperanza Spalding long...
Posted Mar 20th, 2012
Watch a video of the Late Show with David Letterman featuring Esperanza Spalding’s premiere performance of music from her new album Radio Music Society, out today!
Posted Mar 20th, 2012
From The New York Times The Rookie of the Year, One Year Wiser By: Nate Chinen ONE year later there was no jaw-dropping upset, no demure acceptance speech, no fresh affront to Justin Bieber’s watchful fan cabal. This time around...
Posted Mar 18th, 2012
From The Arts Desk CD: Esperanza Spalding – Radio Music Society Killer hooks, head-nodding grooves and unexpected byways make this her best yet By: Peter Quinn Following last year’s remarkable Grammy win for Best New Artist, the first time a...
Posted Mar 13th, 2012
From Huffington Post ESPERANZA SPALDING – ALBUM TRAILER EXCLUSIVE By: Mike Ragogna Esperanza Spalding’s new release Radio Music Society — released March 20, 2012 through Heads Up International/Concord Music Group — is a fusion of jazz, pop, and soul music,...
Posted Mar 12th, 2012
From NPR First Listen: Esperanza Spalding, ‘Radio Music Society’ By: Patrick Jarenwattananon Three observations: The new Esperanza Spalding album is widely anticipated. The bassist and singer finds herself in the rare situation of crossing over to mainstream audiences by making...
Posted Mar 11th, 2012
Available as a pre-order for the past few hours, Esperanza Spalding’s Radio Music Society is already the #2 best selling jazz album on iTunes! Set to release on March 20, 2012, the deluxe version of Radio Music Society includes videos...
Posted Mar 6th, 2012
From Hemisphere Magazine BEST NEW ARTISTS: A Grammy stunner on her favorite new acts Bassist-singer Esperanza Spalding shocked everyone last year when she became the first jazz musician to win the Grammy for best new artist. To mark the release...
Posted Mar 2nd, 2012
From Hollywood Reporter Hans Zimmer’s Oscar Music Spawns New Album By: Phil Gallo Hans Zimmer’s music for the Oscars on Feb. 26 has been released as a digital album on Apple’s iTunes. The 84th Academy Awards — Celebrate the Music...
Posted Feb 29th, 2012
From MTV Esperanza Spalding Dazzles With Oscar Performance By: Jason Kaufman Who was that woman singing that beautiful rendition of “What a Wonderful World” during the 2012 Oscars In Memoriam tribute? None other than the woman who broke Justin Bieber’s...
Posted Feb 27th, 2012
From Billboard Esperanza Spalding’s ‘Radio Music Society’ Charms NYC Listening Session By: Jozen Cummings All eyes were on Esperanza Spalding at yesterday’s (Feb. 23) NYC listening session of her album, “Radio Music Society,” although the musician herself was not in...
Posted Feb 26th, 2012
Esperanza Spalding will be a featured performer on the 84th Annual Academy Awards, this Sunday, February 26, 2012. On March 20th, 2012, Heads Up International, a division of Concord Music Group, gives us Spalding’s latest release, Radio Music Society, her...
Posted Feb 24th, 2012
from serious.org.uk Five minutes with Esperanza Spalding in London Esperanza Spalding’s story is an impressive one. She found her love for music at an early age. By the age of five, she had essentially taught herself to play the violin...
Posted Feb 19th, 2012
From Newsweek Esperanza Spalding: A Day in the Life of the Jazz Star By: Abigail Pesta It’s one of the coldest days of the year in Manhattan, with icy winds keeping most people indoors, but not Esperanza Spalding. The 27-year-old...
Posted Feb 13th, 2012
From Billboard Backbeat: Esperanza Spalding, Anthony Hamilton Perform @ Grammy in the Schools Live! By: Mitchell Peters The third annual Grammy in the Schools Live! concert featured not only a positive message about the importance of music in high schools,...
Posted Feb 9th, 2012
From A Blog Supreme/NPR Jazz New Esperanza Spalding Song In Time For Black History Month By: PATRICK JARENWATTANANON This song, “Black Gold,” is the first single from the forthcoming Esperanza Spalding record, Radio Music Society. The Afro-centric implication of the...
Posted Feb 3rd, 2012
From Oregon Music News Esperanza Spalding Debuts “Black Gold” By: Robert Ham As the jazz and pop fans of the world wait with breathless anticipation for the release of the next album by Esperanza Spalding (entitled Radio Music Society and...
Posted Feb 1st, 2012
ESPERANZA SPALDING ANNOUNCES WORLD TOUR DATES FOR RADIO MUSIC SOCIETY, A KALEIDOSCOPIC COLLECTION CELEBRATING THE POWER OF SONG North American dates begin April 18, 2012 Esperanza Spalding has announced world tour dates beginning April 18, 2012, as the bassist, vocalist...
Posted Jan 16th, 2012
From Forbes 30 Under 30: The Youngest Stars In The Music Business By: Zack O’Malley Greenburg This year’s roster was handpicked by a panel of expert judges—Randy Phillips, chief of concert promoter AEG Live; Livia Tortella, co-president of Warner Brothers...
Posted Dec 20th, 2011
From The Boston Globe Esperanza Spalding back at Berklee By: Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein Grammy-winning bassist Esperanza Spalding, Berklee voice coach Maggie Scott, and R&B singer Lalah Hathaway conducted a clinic for students this week. Spalding and Hathaway are...
Posted Dec 12th, 2011
From Search & Restore Search & Restore is a Brooklyn based non profit dedicated to the new jazz and improvised music scene. They’re trying to raise $200,000 for their 2012 operations by way of 8,000 $25 donations. Esperanza Spalding improvised...
Posted Dec 8th, 2011
From The Boston Globe Local musicians, fans, and industry members gathered at the Liberty Hotel on Nov. 20 for the 2011 Boston Music Awards, where Berklee alum Esperanza Spalding won Jazz Artist of the Year. The other nominees included Miss...
Posted Nov 21st, 2011
From GRAMMY365 PHILADELPHIA – GRAMMY CAMP – SOUNDCHECK WITH ESPERANZA SPALDING The Philadelphia Chapter, in partnership with the GRAMMY Foundation and GRAMMY U, hosted GRAMMY Camp – SoundCheck with Esperanza Spalding on October 14th at the Merriam Theater in Philadelphia,...
Posted Oct 28th, 2011
From DownBeat The results of the 76th Annual DownBeat Readers Poll are in. Iconic pianist Ahmad Jamal was named as the readers’ choice for the DownBeat Hall of Fame, bassist Esperanza Spalding became the first woman to be named DownBeat’s...
Posted Oct 27th, 2011
From The Washington Examiner Esperanza says ‘yes’ to giving the Smithsonian her dress By: Nikki Schwab and Katy Adams It was hard to believe that Grammy Award-winning jazz musician Esperanza Spalding didn’t prepare the remarks she made Monday, as she...
Posted Oct 19th, 2011
From The Washington Examiner Esperanza Spalding: Jazz Diva on a Roll By: Emily Cary One year ago, bassist Esperanza Spalding introduced her album “Chamber Music Society” to Washington. Several months later, she received the 2011 Grammy Award for Best New...
Posted Oct 16th, 2011
From Richmond Virginia News Esperanza Spalding – showmanship without the fluff By: Aaron Williams Wednesday night, Grammy Award winning bassist Esperanza Spalding and her “Chamber Music Society” performed in the Camp Concert Hall at The University of Richmond. For all...
Posted Oct 12th, 2011
From The Chicago Tribune Esperanza Spalding Draws Young New Audience to Jazz By: Howard Reich A very different kind of audience crowded into Symphony Center on Friday night. Different, that is, from the listeners who typically attend jazz events in...
Posted Oct 8th, 2011
From NJ Press Media For Esperanza Spalding, Music is the Motivation By: Ed Condran When Esperanza Spalding surprised music fans by winning the Best New Artist Grammy in February, the jazz singer and bassist didn’t let it go to her...
Posted Oct 6th, 2011
From The Richmond Times-Dispatch Esperanza Spalding brings jazz artistry to Modlin Center By: Tammie Smith Nine months ago it was “Esperanza who?” when jazz bassist Esperanza Spalding beat teen heartthrob Justin Bieber and rapper Drake to win a Grammy award...
Posted Oct 5th, 2011
From Minnesota Public Radio Esperanza Spalding Makes Light of Serious Talent By: Euan Kerr Jazz sensation Esperanza Spalding rolls into St. Paul Tuesday night for a concert at St. Catherine’s University. Spalding, an upright bassist and singer, is one of...
Posted Oct 4th, 2011
From The Indianapolis Star Fresh off a Grammy win over Justin Bieber, jazz artist breaks mold By: Jay Harvey There’s no disturbing Esperanza Spalding’s conviction that not much has changed since the 2011 Grammy Awards, except she’s busier. The bassist-vocalist...
Posted Oct 2nd, 2011
From LA Times Culture Monster Jazz review: Esperanza Spalding at the Orpheum Theater By: Chris Barton Even though it’s been the better part of a year since Esperanza Spalding shocked a nation of Justin Bieber fans on Grammy night, there...
Posted Sep 30th, 2011
From Bay Area Examiner Esperanza Spalding Highlights Bay Area Jazz Week By: David Becker It’s vanishingly rare these days for a serious jazz artist to turn into a bonafide pop culture sensation. So bassist, Grammy winner and all-around Miss Thang...
Posted Sep 26th, 2011
Less than a year after its release, Grammy Award winner Esperanza Spalding’s Chamber Music Society album has sold over 100,000 units – a rare feat for jazz albums today. Chamber Music Society is currently the highest selling album on the...
Posted Aug 31st, 2011
From Oregon Music News Esperanza Spalding comes to town, Gerding sells out for American Music Program Benefit By: Tom D’Antoni It would have been a special night even if Esperanza Spalding hadn’t won a Grammy. She was already the poster-girl...
Posted Aug 25th, 2011
From T: The New York Times Style Magazine Baby’s Got Bass By: Robert Sullivan The contrast between the Esperanza Spalding that you see onstage and the offstage Esperanza, jazz bassist and singer, was not immediately apparent at breakfast the day...
Posted Aug 18th, 2011
From Elle Austin Found By:Julie Vadnal Need proof that this Texas terrain is the it big small city? Grammy-winning bassist Esperanza Spalding just moved here. Julie Vadnal finds the beat of the jazz princess’s new home base. Among those who...
Posted Jul 27th, 2011
Esperanza Spalding made the debut of her Chamber Music Society project in Portugal over the weekend. Check out the pictures below from Coliseu do Porto, in Porto. Click on the pictures to enlarge To see more pictures of the show...
Posted Jul 19th, 2011
From theartsdesk theartsdesk Q&A: Musician Esperanza Spalding By: Peter Quinn Bassist, vocalist and composer, Esperanza Spalding is one of the most exciting things to happen to jazz in recent memory. Born and raised on what she has called “the other...
Posted Jul 11th, 2011
From BBC Radio Four Esperanza Spalding: Bright young hope of jazz By:Chanel Townsend Esperanza Spalding proved one of the biggest attractions at this year’s Montreal Jazz Festival Grammy award-winning Esperanza Spalding is a young a multi-lingual vocalist, bassist and composer...
Posted Jul 7th, 2011
From DerWesten Dreamtime Esperanza Spalding is reflected in the dreamtime festival as a gifted all-rounder By:Thomas Becker Esperanza Spalding was at the concert in the powerhouse that it is already one of the outstanding soloists of her generation. Duisburg. The...
Posted Jul 5th, 2011
From Vimeo Tyler Brain had a chance to interview recent Grammy winner Esperanza Spalding when she came to campus a few months ago. In the video below, Spalding discusses her experiences at Portland State University and what it’s like to...
Posted Jul 1st, 2011
From The Montreal Gazette Montreal International Jazz Festival 2011: Esperanza Spalding at Theatre Maisonneuve of Place des Arts; June 27, 2011 By: Bernard Perusse I managed to catch only the second half of Esperanza Spalding’s Chamber Music Society concert at...
Posted Jun 28th, 2011
From The Montreal Gazette Esperanza Spalding: It’s all part of her master plan Devotion to improving her musical skills and eschewing traditional labels is yielding impressive results By: Juan Rodriguez It’s safe to say the jazz world has never seen...
Posted Jun 26th, 2011
from The National Post Esperanza Spalding: A whole new fever By Mike Doherty June 21, 2011 Even before her Grammy Award for best new artist, Esperanza Spalding was being touted in jazz circles as a great new hope for the...
Posted Jun 20th, 2011
From W Behind The Muses By: Karin Nelson and Fan Zhong Spalding, the 26-year-old American jazz bassist and singer who outraged Justin Bieber fans by winning the best new artist award at this year’s Grammys, puts an outfit together much...
Posted Jun 19th, 2011
From The Philadelphia Inquirer Roots’ Basketful of Talent Philly group’s annual picnic – an all-day concert – gathered diverse acts. By: A.D. Amorosi Tastykakes. Hoagies. The Roots Picnic. Philly likes its tasty traditions, and within four years of its start,...
Posted Jun 6th, 2011
From Marie Claire Need to Meet: Esperanza Spalding By: Abigail Pesta She grew up in a gang-ridden corner of Portland, Oregon, with a single mother who worked several jobs. After a stray bullet flew into a neighbor’s home and killed...
Posted May 26th, 2011
From Vogue ALT’s Day with Esperanza Spalding By: André Leon Talley “This level of creativity and craftsmanship—it has to be a very lonely life. What happened?” asked Esperanza Spalding. The Best New Artist Grammy winner had taken the subway on...
Posted May 18th, 2011
From Pandora Esperanza Spalding is featured on Toyota’s “Legends & Icons” page on Pandora: Meet the artists that move music forward. Find out what makes these music-makers legends and icons in their own right. Exclusive interviews, artist mix-tapes and more....
Posted May 16th, 2011
From The Ottawa Citizen Esperanza Spalding Jazzes Up Her Wardrobe By: Peter Hum A colleague just told me that Esperanza Spalding is modeling some funky haute couture in the pages of the latest InStyle magazine. More power to Spalding, and...
Posted May 12th, 2011
From Jazz Police Esperanza Spalding with a band that includes Joe Lovano opens for Prince at the Forum in LA, May 6-7 By: Ronaldo Oregano Esperanza Spalding, the first jazz musician to ever win the Best New Artist GRAMMY® Award,...
Posted May 3rd, 2011
From TIME The 2011 TIME 100: Sting By: Esperanza Spalding When I was 11, my older brother was really into Sting. I used to steal all of his CDs out of their cases, sneak them to my room and listen...
Posted Apr 21st, 2011
the London Evening Standard By:Jack Massarik Back by public demand, the wondrous Esperanza Spalding and her string-boosted Chamber Music Society treated London fans to a mesmeric performance on Friday which reinforced her status at 26 as one of this music’s...
Posted Apr 11th, 2011
from www.reuters.com Esperanza Spalding brings Grammy-winning jazz to Europe By: Stephanie Nebehay American jazz bassist and singer Esperanza Spalding showcased her Grammy-winning talent for enthusiastic Swiss jazz lovers at the start of a European tour that will also take her...
Posted Apr 4th, 2011
from The Telegraph (UK) By: Michael Gonzales Last month Esperanza Spalding became the first jazz musician to win a Grammy Award for Best New Artist. It had been assumed that the teen pin-up Justin Bieber was a shoo-in for the...
Posted Mar 29th, 2011
From The Revivalist A Conversation With Esperanza Spalding By: Kyla Marshall Esperanza Spalding was known in the jazz world long before her landmark Grammy win for “Best New Artist.” Adept in vocal and instrumental performance, composition, and with the ability...
Posted Mar 24th, 2011
Grammy winner Esperanza Spalding will be in the Mother City for the Cape Town International Jazz Festival, which runs on March 25 and 26 and has a pretty impressive line-up: Earth, Wind & Fire, Dave Ledbetter and Youssou N’Dour are...
Posted Mar 15th, 2011
From The Cleveland Plain Dealer Grammy winner Esperanza Spalding enthralls during a sold-out show at Oberlin College By: John Soeder “Love me, love me, love me / Say you do,” Esperanza Spalding implored. It was an offer you couldn’t refuse...
Posted Mar 10th, 2011
From ABC The View: Wednesday March 2, 2011, 11:00AM EST Matthew Perry stops by to talk about his new show Mr. Sunshine. Later, see a performance by Esperanza Spalding, winner of the 2011 Grammy® award for Best New Artist. For...
Posted Mar 2nd, 2011
Best New Artist Grammy winner Esperanza Spalding appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Monday, February 28th as the musical guest. Also featured on the show was talk show host Bill Maher. Watch video of the show below:
Posted Feb 27th, 2011
From Billboard Esperanza Spalding to Record “Radio Music Society” in May By: Gary Graff Still “as surprised as you can be” by her Best New Artist win at this year’s Grammy Awards, Esperanza Spalding has already scoped out her next...
Posted Feb 27th, 2011
From Oregon Live Live Review: Esperanza Spalding at the Portland Jazz Festival By: Jeff Baker After a hectic day, Esperanza Spalding just wanted to take her shoes off, relax in a comfortable chair, and sip some wine while listening to...
Posted Feb 26th, 2011
from The Washington Post Esperanza Spalding’s Grammy hasn’t changed her low-key style By Chris Richards After shocking the universe by winning a Grammy for best new artist two weeks ago – besting the likes of Justin Bieber and Drake –...
Posted Feb 25th, 2011
from ABC News And the winner is … Esperanza Spalding The lone jazz musician up for the Best New Artist award, and the first to ever win it, she “certainly felt like the underdog, the odd one out.” As the...
Posted Feb 22nd, 2011
From The LA Times Grammy Awards: Three albums in, Esperanza Spalding is a deserving best new artist, and Mick Jagger makes an entrance By: Todd Martens Jazz bassist Esperanza Spalding wasn’t the favorite to be named best new artist, but...
Posted Feb 18th, 2011
From The Associated Press Esperanza Spalding is getting the wider audience she had sought, but on her terms From the time Esperanza Spalding appeared on the scene in 2005, the dynamic singer, bassist, composer and arranger has been heralded as...
Posted Feb 10th, 2011
IMN is pleased to announce that Best New Artist nominee Esperanza Spalding will be performing at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards, airing live on CBS on Sunday evening, February 13, 2011. Esperanza talks about her nomination in a video interview...
Posted Feb 7th, 2011
From PR Newswire The 53rd Annual GRAMMY® Awards Pre-Telecast Ceremony will take place on Sunday, Feb. 13 from 1 – 4 p.m. PT at the Los Angeles Convention Center and will be streamed live internationally on www.grammy.com/live and www.youtube.com/thegrammys beginning...
Posted Jan 31st, 2011
Best New Artist Grammy Nominee Esperanza Spalding performed on The Tonight Show on Monday, January 31st. Other guests that evening included Adam Sandler and Larry The Cable Guy. Watch a video of the performance below:
Posted Jan 28th, 2011
From USA Today Esperanza Spalding Stands Tall, Hair and All By: Jerry Shriver When Esperanza Spalding plays her upright bass, the bulky instrument extends over her unruly mass of curls by half a foot as she bobs and weaves to...
Posted Jan 25th, 2011
From Spinner Esperanza Spalding and Her Jazz Bass Still on the Move After Her Grammy Nomination By: Tad Hendrickson It was just over a year ago that I wrote about Esperanza Spalding in this space. Back then, the bassist was...
Posted Jan 24th, 2011
From The Albany Times Union Spalding Thrills at Egg By: Michael Eck The term virtuoso often translates as show-off. You know, the type of musician for whom a backing band is merely a launching pad for epic, indulgent solos that...
Posted Jan 24th, 2011
On Friday, Best New Artist Grammy nominee Esperanza Spalding performed “Winter Sun” from her latest release, Chamber Music Society on The Late Show with David Letterman. Watch a video of the performance below:
Posted Jan 20th, 2011
From The Times Union Grammy nominee Esperanza Spalding to play The Egg By: R.J. Deluke The rise of bassist, composer and singer Esperanza Spalding has been meteoric. From humble beginnings in Portland, Ore., she was raised by a single parent...
Posted Jan 19th, 2011
From People 5 Things to Know About Grammy Nominated Esperanza Spalding By: Nina Tyler Her soulful songs and masterful bass playing have made Esperanza Spalding a rising star in the jazz world. But when her name was included alongside mainstream...
Posted Dec 15th, 2010
From Buffalo News Concert Review: Spalding shows Buffalo crowd why she deserves a Grammy By: Jeff Miers The coming Grammy Awards have a genuine chance to earn back some of the integrity that has been whittled away from the institution...
Posted Dec 9th, 2010
Recent Best New Artist Grammy Nominee Esperanza Spalding will be performing at the IZOD Center in New Jersey on December 15th as part of Prince’s WELCOME 2 AMERICA tour. For more information about the show and to purchase tickets click...
Posted Dec 9th, 2010
From Entertainment Weekly Who is Esperanza Spalding? Jazz singer talks surprise Best New Artist Grammy nomination, being friends with Prince, and more By: Simon Vozick-Levinson It was late Wednesday night when Esperanza Spalding‘s cell phone began buzzing. “Everybody and their...
Posted Dec 3rd, 2010
From Billboard Esperanza Spalding Nabs Best New Artist Nod from Grammys By: Gail Mitchell Last night’s Grammy nominations announcement had some asking “Who?” in regards to Best New Artist nominee Esperanza Spalding, but the jazz bassist/vocalist/composer has seen her share...
Posted Dec 2nd, 2010
From NPR 50 Favorites: From Alexander Melnikov To Kermit Ruffins These are the 50 albums we enjoyed the most in 2010 — the ones that inspired us, surprised us and stayed with us more than any others. The list of...
Posted Dec 1st, 2010
From PBS CPB/PBS Diversity and Innovation Fund PBS and CPB are pleased to announce which projects submitted in response to the Diversity and Innovation Fund Request for Proposals will now advance to panel review. More than 200 submissions were received...
Posted Nov 30th, 2010
IMN congratulates Esperanza Spalding on her Best New Artist Grammy nomination! Also nominated in that category are: Justin Bieber, Drake, Florence & The Machine, and Mumford & Sons. The LA Times says of the nod: “In a Grammy world in...
Posted Nov 29th, 2010
from jazzwisemagazine.com The expression “What goes around… comes around” might not have been in the lexicon of 18th century poet William Blake but the sentiment certainly applies with the application of his work on Chamber Music Society. Imbued with Blake’s...
Posted Nov 29th, 2010
Esperanza Spalding Leads New Age of Jazz Greatness from London Evening Standard By: Jack Massarik It’s easy to see 26-year-old Esperanza Spalding as the future of jazz. Her very forename, fans note, is the Spanish word for hope. Perhaps it’s...
Posted Nov 15th, 2010
From PBS News Hour A classically-trained bassist, Esperanza Spalding made her jazz debut in 2008 and quickly gained followers with high-profile appearances at the White House and at the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize ceremony and concert. Jeffrey Brown sat down...
Posted Oct 29th, 2010
from css.vogue.it For four years now she has been captivating music critics and enthusiasts all over the world. Chamber music society, the latest record by twenty-six year old Spalding, is a gem: a trio of strings, a rhythmic section and...
Posted Oct 27th, 2010
From Relix Esperanza Spalding: My Page (Push and Pull) By: Esperanza Spalding There’s something to be said for the natural evolution of all art forms. You can’t necessarily control people paying attention to (or not paying attention to) a certain...
Posted Oct 26th, 2010
From The New York Times Rocking the Classics By: Nadine Rubin Nathan On a recent Tuesday, the musician Esperanza Spalding was out searching for “mildly androgynous” vintage items to wear onstage. “I would like to have a stylist, but it’s...
Posted Oct 22nd, 2010
Esperanza Spalding is one of the world’s rising young jazz stars, having been personally selected by President Barack Obama to play at his Nobel Award dinner, as well as playing with Stevie Wonder at his White House concert. She released...
Posted Oct 22nd, 2010
from www.bbc.co.uk Her original compositions sound like standards already by Martin Longley For a relative stripling, Esperanza Spalding is already well-schooled in the mysteries of jazz. It’s rare for an upright bass player to be an out-front singer, and such...
Posted Oct 14th, 2010
From The Examiner Esperanza Spalding: turning Davies Symphony Hall into her livingroom By Jamie Freedman Esperanza Spalding is a woman of confident comfort. Everything about her and her music is inviting. Presented by SFJAZZ, Spalding performed to a nearly sold...
Posted Oct 12th, 2010
From The LA Times Jazz Review: Esperanza Spalding at the Broad Stage By Greg Burk Esperanza Spalding knows jazz is a craggy mountain. Already much awarded, televised, elder-approved and Obama-endorsed at 25, the Oregonian bassist-singer could imagine her flag planted....
Posted Oct 8th, 2010
From The Washington Post In Concert: Esperanza Spalding By Mike Joyce Esperanza Spalding had the best seat in the house at the Lincoln Theatre on Sunday night. Shedding her jacket and scarf moments after the lights went down, the 25...
Posted Oct 5th, 2010
From NPR Esperanza Spalding: Tiny Desk Concert By Patrick Jarenwattananon Esperanza Spalding has phenomenal hair. If you meet her in her street clothes, you may not notice it; she keeps it tucked inconspicuously away, miraculously to be honest, under a...
Posted Oct 3rd, 2010
From the Boston Globe Home bass: Spalding returns to where she first found her groove By Valerie Gladstone NEW YORK — With her outsize Afro, petite build, and straightforward manner, bassist, vocalist, and composer Esperanza Spalding doesn’t look the part...
Posted Oct 1st, 2010
From the Boston Herald Young pluck: Esperanza Spalding is the new face of jazz By Bob Young Esperanza Spalding has performed at the White House, shared the stage with Herbie Hancock and topped the jazz charts, all before she turns...
Posted Sep 30th, 2010
From Jazz Police She’s the Top…. She’s the Bottom… She’s Esperanza By Andrea Canter It’s hard to remember she’s a few weeks shy of 26. She barely looks a day over 20 and her music soars with the sophistication and...
Posted Sep 27th, 2010
From All About Jazz Esperanza Spalding Chamber Music Society at Knight Theater By Mark F. Turner Having had little exposure to Esperanza Spalding’s music, some questions were answered by her visit to the Knight Theater on September 24th. Part of...
Posted Sep 25th, 2010
From The Pittsburgh City Paper Going Her Own Way, Esperanza Spalding Signals a New Moment in Jazz By Brentin Mock Esperanza Spalding’s presence on the jazz scene is akin to the moment in pop music that occurred in 1984, the...
Posted Sep 23rd, 2010
(From All About Jazz) Esperanza Spalding: The Intimate Balance By Esther Berlanga-Ryan Fans of classical music and jazz have argued about music for years. If Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Duke Ellington had ever met, they may have looked at each...
Posted Sep 21st, 2010
From The Minneapolis Star Tribune Jazz Darling Spalding Seduces With Chamber Jazz at Dakota By Jon Bream Esperanza Spalding walked through the audience at the Dakota Tuesday night and arrived at the stage. She turned on a table lamp, removed...
Posted Sep 21st, 2010
From The Capital Times Bassist/Singer Esperanza Spalding Simmers in Stoughton By Lindsay Christians An Esperanza Spalding performance is a sensual experience – for her, and for everyone else lucky enough to be in the room with her. Holding her upright...
Posted Sep 20th, 2010
From DownBeat Esperanza Spalding: In Full Orbit By Dan Oullette Esperanza Spalding buoys with moxie-plus, high-octane ebullience, spirited determination and respectful humility in the face of the monumental jazz legacy that she’s tapping to inform her next steps. Her recent...
Posted Sep 10th, 2010
On Wednesday night, Esperanza Spalding and Wayne Shorter helped ring in Herbie Hancock’s 70th Birthday at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. Chris Barton at the LA Times remarked about Esperanza, “it was Spalding who wowed the crowd with an...
Posted Sep 3rd, 2010
from guardian.co.uk As a former classical violinist, jazz bass-player and pop-savvy vocalist, Esperanza Spalding has a lot on her side. This unusual venture joins two trios representing different aspects of her past: a jazz one featuring Herbie Hancockish pianist Leo...
Posted Sep 1st, 2010
Press Release Released last week, Esperanza Spalding’s Chamber Music Society is topping charts left and right: Chamber Music Society debuted as the #1 Jazz Album on iTunes and has remained at #1 for 7 days since release, #65 iTunes Top...
Posted Aug 25th, 2010
From NPR Esperanza Spalding: It Takes A ‘Society’ Esperanza Spalding blends jazz, R&B, Brazilian vocalese and classical music. Her works have proved to have broad appeal at a moment when many in the music industry were fretting that young people...
Posted Aug 20th, 2010
From The Washington Post Album Review: Esperanza Spalding, Chamber Music Society By Bill Friskics-Warren A classically trained bassist, Esperanza Spalding made her jazz debut in 2008 and became something of an overnight sensation, with bookings on Letterman and Jimmy Kimmel...
Posted Aug 17th, 2010
Esperanza Spalding releases her new album, Chamber Music Society, on Heads Up International tomorrow – August 17, 2010. To listen to clips of the album and receive a free mp3, visit the newly renovated www.esperanzaspalding.com. Here’s what Nate Chinen from...
Posted Aug 16th, 2010
from NPR First Listen: Esperanza Spalding, Chamber Music Society by Patrick Jarenwattananon One of the cornerstones of cultural life in the tiny country of Denmark is something Danes call “hygge.” It has no exact English translation; the best approximation is...
Posted Aug 8th, 2010
from All About Jazz By Ernest Barteldes On the opening track of her much-lauded, self-titled major label debut, Esperanza (Heads Up, 2008 ), bassist/vocalist Esperanza Spalding covered Milton Nascimento’s timeless gem, “Ponta de Areia.” Rather than covering another of the...
Posted Aug 3rd, 2010
from PDX Jazz Esperanza Spalding Named Artistic & Community Ambassador by Portland Jazz Festival PDX Jazz, the presenting organization of the Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air Portland Jazz Festival presented by U.S. Bank, announce the appointment of Esperanza Spalding as Artistic &...
Posted Jul 11th, 2010
from The Wall Street Journal Esperanza Spalding on Jazz, Google and Playing with Prince By Christopher John Farley When Esperanza Spalding performed at the White House last year, she was introduced by the announcer as “the brightest young star on...
Posted Jul 8th, 2010
Sunday night Esperanza Spalding joined Patti LaBelle, Janelle Monae, and Alycia Keys in a tribute to BET Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Prince. To watch video of the performance click here.
Posted Jun 30th, 2010
from PBS Black music month: Five acts to watch By Dreux Dougall Esperanza Spalding This 25-year-old musician from Portland, Ore., is a jazz instrumentalist and singer who fuses a healthy mix of jazz, pop and Latin into her music. Recently...
Posted Jun 24th, 2010
SFJazz has unveiled their season brochure, and Esperanza Spalding graces the cover in an illustration by Mark Ulriksen. Esperanza is scheduled to perform at SFJazz on October 10th, 2010 with her new project “Chamber Music Society.” To download the SFJazz...
Posted Jun 23rd, 2010
(Press Release from Montuno) BASSIST, VOCALIST AND COMPOSER ESPERANZA SPALDING PRESENTS CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY, A BRILLIANT MARRIAGE OF STRING AND JAZZ TRIO WITH VOICE Release Weaves Elements Of Jazz, Folk And World Music With Classical Chamber Music Traditions Centuries ago,...
Posted Jun 15th, 2010
From Los Angeles Times Esperanza Spalding, liberation fighter for jazz The 25-year-old bassist is rapidly gaining listeners. Among them, her favorites might be the 5-year-olds she introduces to free jazz. By: Chris Barton Published: June 12, 2010 If you really...
Posted Jun 12th, 2010
(From Variety) Spalding Returns to Playboy Jazz Fest By: Steve Chagollan Published: June 11, 2010 At age 25, it might feel like a bit too much pressure to be considered the “future of jazz,” but Esperanza Spalding, who is part...
Posted Jun 11th, 2010
(From The Press Democrat) Star on the rise at Healdsburg Jazz Festival Young singer-bassist Esperanza Spalding keeps turning heads By JOHN BECK Published: Thursday, June 3, 2010 Since Esperanza Spalding played the Healdsburg Jazz Festival last year, she’s plucked her...
Posted Jun 2nd, 2010
Watch the EPK Video for the forthcoming August release here BASSIST, VOCALIST AND COMPOSER ESPERANZA SPALDING PRESENTS CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY, A BRILLIANT MARRIAGE OF STRING AND JAZZ TRIO WITH VOICE Release Weaves Elements Of Jazz, Folk And World Music With...
Posted May 26th, 2010
(From O Magazine) Distinction: The Austin-based multilingual bass player has recorded two albums, Junjo and Esperanza, and has a new one out this August. President Obama picked her to play at his Nobel Peace Prize ceremony. How’d you get into...
Posted May 12th, 2010
The Democratic National Committee recently invited Esperanza Spalding to perform at a fundraiser held in Miami at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. Following Spalding’s performance, President Obama raved, “Isn’t she terrific? I love listening to Esperanza, she...
Posted Apr 19th, 2010
(From The New Yorker) By: John Colapinto Published: March 15, 2010 This week’s issue of The New Yorker includes an in-depth profile of bassist, singer, and composer, Esperanza Spalding. The article chronicles Spalding’s early life and explores her inspirations from...
Posted Mar 20th, 2010
(From NPR) By: NICK MORRISON Posted: March 11, 2010 When bassist, composer and vocalist Esperanza Spalding released Esperanza in 2008, she was widely praised for her blend of mainstream jazz with jazz fusion, Brazilian music and hip-hop. Spalding began performing...
Posted Mar 16th, 2010
On December 11th, 2009, at the City Hall in Oslo, Norway, bassist and singer Esperanza Spalding is one of a number of talented musicians set to perform at a concert in honor of 2009 Nobel Peace Prize recipient, United States’...
Posted Dec 2nd, 2009
Bassist Esperanza Spalding was featured last February as part of a Stevie Wonder tribute at the White House. At 24 years old, she never expected to be playing for the likes of President Barack Obama, saying “It was awesome, man!...
Posted Sep 29th, 2009
Photographer Simone Eccleston captured some fantastic shots of IMN artist Esperanza Spalding at Summerstage in New York City on June 28th. Click here to read the New York Times review of her performance. Also, feel free to visit www.simoneeccleston.com for...
Posted Jul 6th, 2009
Esperanza Spalding carried herself like a worldbeater at Central Park SummerStage on Sunday afternoon, and resistance was largely futile. In her ebullient singing and her agile bass playing, Ms. Spalding radiated a cyclone-force charisma, along with the fresh-faced self-conviction that...
Posted Jun 30th, 2009
The Jazz Journalists Association announced winners of 2009 Jazz Awards at the Jazz Standard in New York City Tuesday. International Music Network artists took home three awards for Clarinetist of the Year (Anat Cohen), Female Singer of the Year (Cassandra...
Posted Jun 17th, 2009
The balcony was closed at the Flynn Center but the floor was nearly filled to capacity for opening night of the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival. It was a double bill with the Anat Cohen Quartet and Esperanza Spalding, starting with...
Posted Jun 8th, 2009
Jazz aficionados are listening to 24-year-old acoustic bassist, singer and composer Esperanza Spalding as if she were a wonderful melody. To many, the Portland native whose first name means “hope” in Spanish is indeed the hope for a new age...
Posted May 28th, 2009
For the second time in three months, Esperanza Spalding performed at The White House starting off an evening of performances in the East Room last night. The event, showcasing spoken word and poetry, was intended to display the diversity of...
Posted May 13th, 2009
Esperanza Spalding has been nominated for Up and Comings Artist of the Year by the Jazz Journalist Association. Professional members of the JJA are currently voting on nominees in 42 categories celebrating excellence in jazz music, production, presentation and digital,...
Posted May 2nd, 2009
Esperanza Spalding was recently on jazz legend Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz program on NPR. Click here to read the full article and listen to the program.
Posted Apr 17th, 2009
Esperanza Spalding is being featured in the new Banana Republic ad campaign, City Stories.
Posted Feb 23rd, 2009
Esperanza Spalding will be performing at the White House on February 25th in honor of this year’s recipient of The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, Stevie Wonder. Click here to read more!
Posted Feb 23rd, 2009
Esperanza Spalding performs "Precious" TONIGHT (Wednesday, June 4) on the Late Show with David Letterman. This is Esperanza’s network debut. Next week (Wednesday, June 11) she will appear on Jimmy Kmmel Live. The song "Precious" is Esperanza Spalding’s first single...
Posted Jun 4th, 2008
Every few years, a new artist comes along with talent and potential so great that it challenges and redefines the common perceptions of what jazz is and where it’s heading. The new light on the horizon may be a compelling...
Posted May 20th, 2008
Esperanza Spalding’s self-titled debut was released today on Heads Up. Download the Press Release
Posted May 20th, 2008
Every few years, a new artist comes along with talent and potential so great that it challenges and redefines the common perceptions of what jazz is and where it’s heading. The new light on the horizon may be a compelling...
Posted Mar 4th, 2008
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To call Ms. Spalding the most talked-about jazz musician in a generation seems almost like an understatement, and beside the point: She’s a phenomenon in human form.
The New York Times
An artist who harbors no qualms about following wherever her muse leads.
Esperanza Spalding has quickly demonstrated that she’s an artist of great beauty, grace, and daring…she’s become one of the most exciting artists on the music scene.
To watch Esperanza Spalding perform live is to watch magic in motion.
Time Out Hong Kong
There’s no doubt about her striking stage presence, versatile feminine voice, expertise on standup and electric basses, and the unusual joy and passion she radiates.
Needless to say, any genre-based view of jazz as something that should be hemmed in by any stylistic rules does not apply in her world.