May 15, 2015 |
At a time when most jazz artists can work a lifetime with little more than modest recognition for their efforts, Esperanza Spalding has achieved remarkable success at age 30. The bassist/vocalist has demonstrated her versatility, showing off her acoustic jazz chops on her 2011 release, Chamber Music Society , and her R&B songwriting skills on its 2012 companion piece, Radio Music Society. She's netted four Grammys, including her notorious besting of Justin Bieber for the 2011 best new artist award.
October 5, 2014 |
Esperanza Spalding is still a few weeks shy of her 30th birthday, which makes her accomplishments to date all the more remarkable. Over the course of four albums, the bassist and vocalist has confidently balanced her passion for jazz, cultivated at Berklee College of Music, with a love of the R&B and pop music she grew up listening to. She has enjoyed a degree of crossover success rare in the jazz realm, culminating in her 2011 best new artist Grammy...
September 15, 2014 |
EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, N.J. - Walfa Caceres was the first of the sisters to make the journey to Atlantic City. It was 1992 and she was 26. New York City, where they had moved to join their father, Toribio Caceres, a former police officer at the U.S. Embassy in the Dominican Republic who now owned a fried-chicken restaurant on 168th Street, had never really suited the Caceres siblings. "Too loud," said Fanny Caceres, five years younger than Walfa. "Too busy. " But in Atlantic City, something clicked for Walfa - particularly when she saw the line of customers stretching for the new French Quarter buffet at Showboat, willing to wait two hours to get inside.
February 13, 2014 |
AS FAR AS anyone knows, a basketball rim has never done anything wrong to Philadelphia Electrical and Technology guard Devante Truitt, but when the junior gets out in the open court his intentions are certainly malicious. "Everybody says I can jump high," Truitt said, "so I just try to finish real strong with a hard dunk and try to bring down the rim. " Against visiting Esperanza yesterday, the unsuspecting rims at PET's gym on Moore Street were victimized twice by authoritative Truitt throw-downs during a third-quarter spurt that eventually yielded a 66-29 Public League Class AAA semifinal landslide.
February 7, 2014 |
BRIHEAM ANTHONY scored 26 points and led an injury-depleted Nueva Esperanza High to a 58-55 Public League Class AAA quarterfinal upset of Boys' Latin yesterday, and has delivered the Toros two playoff wins in one season for the first time school history. However, the story behind the 6-4 senior guard's performance began nearly a month ago, when Anthony was disciplined for not handling his academic responsibilities. The Toros were stomped by John Bartram High, 68-46, on Jan. 14 with Anthony helpless on the bench.
May 7, 2013 |
STEVEN MIRAGLIA finished a lengthy discussion about the ins and outs of his life by making the comment, "Everything's going smoothly. Knock on wood. " Those were not some lighthearted, throw-away lines. The 5-10, 210-pound Miraglia is, thankfully, winding down his final season as an important first baseman for Prep Charter's baseball team. From late September into wintertime, he was worried there'd be no more sports in his life . . . after first getting past the fear that perhaps there'd be no life at all. Because of infections on the inside and outside of his heart, Miraglia spent roughly 2 weeks at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and was out of school for close to 1 1/2 months.
October 6, 2012 |
A North Philadelphia charter high school is set to add a 635-pupil middle school to its burgeoning population by next year, thanks to a $2 million grant from the Philadelphia School Partnership. Esperanza Academy, founded in 2000, already serves 750 students in North Philadelphia's Hunting Park neighborhood. About 17 percent of the majority-Hispanic student body speaks English as a second language, and while anyone in the city can apply to attend Esperanza, the school largely serves lower-income students in and around Hunting Park.
June 6, 2012
Sophomore Jacob Kurtz poked a one-out single in the eighth inning to drive in the winning run as GAMP won a PIAA state baseball playoff game for the first time Tuesday. The District 12 champion Pioneers (15-11) bounced back from a 4-1 deficit after five innings and edged District 1 winner Calvary Christian (18-6), 5-4, in the first round of the Class A state tournament at Great Valley. GAMP, which starts just three seniors, tied the game in the sixth with key hits by Nick Green, Tyler Criniti, and winning pitcher Desmond Drummond.
June 6, 2012
Highlights of Tuesday's contests can be found at: www.philly.com/rally Baseball STATE CLASS AAAA TOURNAMENT First-round playoffs La Salle 10, Upper Dublin 1 Central Dauphin 6, Central Bucks South 4 Hatboro-Horsham 5, Nazareth 4 STATE CLASS AAA TOURNAMENT First-round playoffs Lampeter-Strasburg 10, Phila. Electrical 0 Neumann-Goretti 2, Twin Valley 0 Blue Mountain 7, Phoenixville 2 STATE CLASS AA TOURNAMENT First-round playoffs Pine Grove 11, Springfield (M)