Esperanza Spalding

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Esperanza Spalding
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Esperanza Spalding at workshop at 2011 Portland Jazz Festival
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Esperanza Spalding at workshop at 2011 Portland Jazz Festival
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Esperanza Spalding and Tim DuRoche at panel session during 2011 Portland Jazz Festival
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Leala Cyr and Esperanza Spalding performing at the 2011 Portland Jazz Festival
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Esperanza Spalding performing during the 2011 Newport Jazz Festival
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Esperanza Spalding and Angelique Kidjo backstage at the 2011 Newport Jazz Festival
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Esperanza Spalding at the 2011 Newport Jazz Festival
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Esperanza Spalding performing with her group at the 2011 Newport Jazz Festival
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Esperanza Spalding performing with her group at the 2011 Newport Jazz Festival
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One of the brightest new voices in jazz and of the string bass, Esperanza Spalding, although only 23, clearly has a bright and productive career already underway. Born in Portland in 1984, she began playing the violin when she was 4. She performed with the Chamber Music Society of Oregon for 10 years (starting when she was 5). By the time she was 15, she had switched to the bass and to popular music, performing locally, at first with a blues band and then with several groups. Spalding recorded two albums with the fusion group Noise for Pretend for the Hush label. At 16 she was enrolled in the music program at Portland State University and the following year she began attending Berklee. After a semester, she toured with Patti Austin.

She also had a chance to tour with Joe Lovano and, after graduating early; she became a teacher at Berklee in 2005 at the age of 20, the youngest faculty member in the history of the school. Spalding recorded her debut as a leader, Junjo, worked with Christian Scott, Donald Harrison, Michel Camilo, Regina Carter, Gretchen Parlato and Dave Samuels, moved to New York, and led her own quintet, for which she composes and arranges in addition to playing bass and singing. Her vocalizing came about as a way to learn standards and now she often sings (mostly wordlessly) while backing herself on bass. Esperanza Spalding’s first recording for a well-distributed label is her recent CD for Heads Up, simply titled Esperanza.

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11/18/13    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

Esperanza Spalding, in New Video, Calls for Closing of Guantanamo

08/06/13    Concerts    By Giovanni Russonello

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07/01/13    Photos    By Greg Aiello

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Esperanza Spalding Sued Over ‘Radio Music Society’ Cover Art

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11/15/12    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

Esperanza Spalding To Host Benefit Concert for Free the Slaves

10/02/12    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

Esperanza Spalding To Host Weekly TV Feature

09/23/12    Concerts    By Matthew Dicker

Joe Lovano and Us Five, Washington, D.C., 9/12/12

06/28/12    Albums    By Perry Tannenbaum

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Esperanza Spalding: Exposure to New Music

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JT Editor Evan Haga Introduces the May 2012 Issue

05/07/12    Features    By Giovanni Russonello

Esperanza Spalding: Star Time

05/02/12    Concerts    By Bill Beuttler

Concert Review: Esperanza Spalding, Orpheum Theatre, Boston, April 22

01/29/12    In Person    By Melissa Mergner

Esperanza Spalding: New Thing at Newport

01/06/12    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

Esperanza Spalding to Release ‘Radio Music Society’

11/25/11    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

‘Celebrating Maggie Scott’ Concert to Feature Famed Berklee Grads

08/14/11    Photos    By Ben Johnson

Newport Jazz Festival 2011

07/27/11    News    By Cathy Passeri

Kennedy Center Releases CD from Mary Lou Williams Tribute Show

07/01/11    On the Scene with MOJA    By Russ Davis

Day Two in Montreal: Cool Stuff on One Hot Day!

06/30/11    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

Lovano, Akinmusire, Parlato and Others coming to Carnegie Hall

06/29/11    News    By Kimberly Huynh

Rare Esperanza Spalding Track to Support Environmental Cause

05/03/11    News    By Lee Mergner

Esperanza Spalding to Open for Prince in LA

04/20/11    Photos    By Fran Kaufman

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April 2011    The Gig    By Nate Chinen

Post-Grammy Reflection

02/15/11    Franckling's JazzNotes    By Ken Franckling

Riffin' on the Grammys

01/21/11    News    By Lee Mergner

Esperanza Spalding to Appear on Late Show with David Letterman

12/05/10    News    By Lee Mergner

Jazz News & Stories From Around the World

09/22/10    News    By Lee Mergner

Portland Jazz Festival Announces 2011 Theme

03/10/10    Key of G    By George Wein

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NPR to Release The New Jazz Divas on CD

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The Kennedy Center Announces 2009-2010 Jazz Season

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Joe Lovano: Party of Five

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Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival Next Weekend

04/23/09    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

San Sebastian Jazz Festival Announces Lineup

04/01/09    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

Monterey Jazz Festival Announces Headliners

03/11/09    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

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