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May 15, 2012 | By Shaun Brady, FOR THE INQUIRER
When Esperanza Spalding bested Justin Bieber for Best New Artist at the 2011 Grammy Awards, the upset was greeted by outraged tweets from Bieber's preteen constituency, shocked fanfare from the jaded jazz community, and confused stares from almost everyone else. If the crowd that gathered at the Electric Factory on Sunday night was any indication, far fewer people are asking, "Who is Esperanza Spalding?" these days. That's due in part to a series of very high-profile gigs.
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October 5, 2014 | By Shaun Brady, For The Inquirer
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...
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October 14, 2011 | BY JONATHAN TAKIFF, takiffj@phillynews.com 215-854-5960
"WAYNE Shorter told me, 'You can do something for a hundred years, make a trillion dollars and that still doesn't mean it's anything of value,' " Esperanza Spalding reflected recently. "He said the important thing is to 'do something that feels right, that's important to you, that you feel good about.' " While she didn't put the comment in context, perhaps the sax master was counseling the 26-year-old after her controversial best new artist win at February's 53rd annual Grammy Awards.
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April 26, 2012 | By Paul De Barros, McClatchy News Service
SEATTLE — "It's really exciting, intense, nerve-racking and wonderful — like it's supposed to be," says the infectiously enthusiastic bassist and singer Esperanza Spalding of her life since winning a Grammy last year. Spalding, who will appear at Philadelphia's Electric Factory on May 13 and whose thrilling new album Radio Music Society (Heads Up) came out Tuesday, is having a good time with success. But it's not the trappings she likes — such as the fashion shoot she did last year for the New York Times style magazine cover — but the opportunities it affords, such as the luxury of traveling with 12 musicians.
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March 19, 2012
Conan (11 p.m., TBS) - Ewan McGregor; David Mizejewski; comic Dana Gould. Late Show With David Letterman (11:35 p.m., CBS3) - Michelle Obama; Esperanza Spalding performs. The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (11:35 p.m., NBC10) - Jamie Lee Curtis; Armie Hammer; Robert Glasper Experiment. Jimmy Kimmel Live (midnight, 6ABC) - Jessica Simpson; Gael Garcia Bernal.
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April 4, 2013 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
AUSTIN, Texas - On a sunny afternoon at her first South by Southwest music festival, Lianne La Havas is singing about the used guitar she's accompanying herself on at that very moment. "Found myself in a second," sings the 23-year-old songwriter, fresh off the plane from the Tooting section of southwest London. "Found myself in a secondhand guitar. " The song is "Is Your Love Big Enough?", the title track to the debut album by La Havas, who plays World Cafe Live on Sunday. It's also the tune Stevie Wonder sang to her when he left her a voicemail message.
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October 17, 2011 | By Kevin L. Carter, For The Inquirer
From the first minute of Esperanza Spalding's appearance Friday at the Merriam Theater, when the beautifully fro'd 26-year-old calmly sat down and had a bit of red wine before picking out a fluid introduction to "Little Fly" on her bass, the level of her musicianship was firmly apparent. Her ensemble, Chamber Music Society, featured a string trio (Sara Caswell, violin; Jody Redhage, cello; and Lois Martin, viola) that impressed in the complexity of the voices that worked inside the music throughout the 90-minute performance.
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October 4, 2013 | By Peter Dobrin, Inquirer Music Critic
A stagehand strike has forced the cancellation of Carnegie Hall's Wednesday night black-tie gala season-opener, at which the Philadelphia Orchestra was to have been the featured ensemble. The stagehands, represented by Local One of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, were working under a contract that expired Aug. 31, and called a strike at 8 a.m., according to a union statement. "Carnegie Hall sincerely regrets any inconvenience this strike will cause our artists, concertgoers, and everyone with whom we work," said Clive Gillinson, executive and artistic Director of Carnegie Hall.
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October 11, 2013
A YOUTH GROUP affiliated with the Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz & Performing Arts has been invited to a prestigious music event in Tennessee later this month but needs financial help to get there. But we're not talking about all that much money - maybe $5,000 altogether for airfare. The Clef Club is hyped about getting the students in the Youth Jazz Ambassador Ensemble onstage at the Berklee City Music Network Conference from Oct. 28 to 30 in Memphis, which will increase the kids' chances of getting scholarships to the Berklee College of Music.
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May 10, 2011 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
The Kimmel Center pop music season during its 10th anniversary year is highlighted by country-flavored songstresses, jazz legends and up-and-comers, and a whole bunch of touring jukebox musicals, including the Broadway hit Fela! , which the Kimmel will present at the Academy of Music in March 2012. Like Fela! , many of the Kimmel's pop events don't actually take place at the Kimmel: The July 22 season kickoff, featuring the luminous-voiced singer and fiddler Alison Krauss and her band Union Station, also takes place at the Academy of Music.
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May 15, 2015 | By Shaun Brady, For The Inquirer
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.
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October 5, 2014 | By Shaun Brady, For The Inquirer
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...
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August 1, 2014 | By Zoë Miller, Inquirer Staff Writer
Alita Moses has come a long way from singing tunes from The Little Mermaid (and songs of her own invention) in the bath as a child. But she grew up with a Broadway performer for a mother and a music professor/singer for a father, so it's not surprising that Moses, 20, found her way to the spotlight. "I've honestly been surrounded by music my entire life," said Moses, a senior at the University of the Arts majoring in vocal jazz studies. In Philadelphia, Moses has performed with UArts music school director Marc Dicciani's salsa ensemble and the Z Big Band, another group affiliated with the university.
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January 24, 2014 | BY JONATHAN TAKIFF, Daily News Staff Writer takiffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5960
TELEVISED entertainment award shows, like the MTV VMAs, American Music Awards and Golden Globes, have captured surprisingly big - even "best in a decade" - ratings this season, scoring especially well with advertiser-coveted 18- to-49-year-olds. Will Sunday's Grammy telecast (8 p.m., on CBS) likewise win viewing love - and tweets - and help restore pop music's mass-media prestige in the process? Could happen, if the event delivers the same performance tingle and thrill of victory as the best TV talent contests - the new live entertainment standard by which even award galas are being judged.
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November 8, 2013 | By Shaun Brady, For The Inquirer
Over his 30-year career, Bobby McFerrin has explored the full range of the human voice. Best known for his 1988 pop-philosophy novelty hit "Don't Worry, Be Happy," McFerrin has performed in symphony halls and on jazz stages, winning 10 Grammy Awards and collaborating with the likes of Yo-Yo Ma, Chick Corea, Quincy Jones, and Wynton Marsalis. With his new album, Spirityouall , McFerrin returns to his roots with a collection of spirituals and traditional songs inspired by his deep Christian faith and by his father, Robert McFerrin Sr., a pioneering opera singer and interpreter of Negro spirituals.
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November 8, 2013 | BY JONATHAN TAKIFF, Daily News Staff Writer takiffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5960
VOCAL WIZARD Bobby McFerrin likes to plan ahead to make each album and tour a special event. But, arguably, no project has been longer in gestation than "spirityouall," his fresh, frisky take on spirituals, which the world-hopping (Roxborough-based) artist issued recently in recorded form and performs live Sunday at the Kimmel Center. It's a creative venture that has taken most of his 63 years to bring to the table. "The template is 'Deep River,' an album of spirituals my father [opera singer Robert McFerrin Sr.]
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October 11, 2013
A YOUTH GROUP affiliated with the Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz & Performing Arts has been invited to a prestigious music event in Tennessee later this month but needs financial help to get there. But we're not talking about all that much money - maybe $5,000 altogether for airfare. The Clef Club is hyped about getting the students in the Youth Jazz Ambassador Ensemble onstage at the Berklee City Music Network Conference from Oct. 28 to 30 in Memphis, which will increase the kids' chances of getting scholarships to the Berklee College of Music.
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October 4, 2013 | By Peter Dobrin, Inquirer Music Critic
A stagehand strike has forced the cancellation of Carnegie Hall's Wednesday night black-tie gala season-opener, at which the Philadelphia Orchestra was to have been the featured ensemble. The stagehands, represented by Local One of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, were working under a contract that expired Aug. 31, and called a strike at 8 a.m., according to a union statement. "Carnegie Hall sincerely regrets any inconvenience this strike will cause our artists, concertgoers, and everyone with whom we work," said Clive Gillinson, executive and artistic Director of Carnegie Hall.
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October 2, 2013 | By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic
NEW YORK - Another "phoenix moment" for the Philadelphia Orchestra? That's how Carnegie Hall's director of artistic planning, Jeremy Geffen, describes the orchestra's arrival Wednesday to open the 2013-14 season in New York City's august concert venue, whose audiences and management cheered the orchestra through its bankruptcy. Slots don't come any more prestigious than opening night. The concert promises guaranteed star power with violinist Joshua Bell and music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin, now in his second season with the Philadelphians.
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April 4, 2013 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
AUSTIN, Texas - On a sunny afternoon at her first South by Southwest music festival, Lianne La Havas is singing about the used guitar she's accompanying herself on at that very moment. "Found myself in a second," sings the 23-year-old songwriter, fresh off the plane from the Tooting section of southwest London. "Found myself in a secondhand guitar. " The song is "Is Your Love Big Enough?", the title track to the debut album by La Havas, who plays World Cafe Live on Sunday. It's also the tune Stevie Wonder sang to her when he left her a voicemail message.
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