May 15, 2012 |
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.
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...
October 14, 2011 |
"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.
April 26, 2012 |
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.
March 20, 2016
Southern Family (Low Country/Elektra **1/2) If there's a unifying figure in the Nashville country-flavored singer-songwriter renaissance, it's Dave Cobb. The producer has helmed projects by Grammy-winners Chris Stapleton and Jason Isbell, as well as Sturgill Simpson and Shooter Jennings, while branching out with the Boston pop quartet Lake Street Dive. The Cobb-assembled Southern Family showcases that Music City community with a set of songs that aim to say something meaningful about blood ties and Southern identity.
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.
January 10, 2016 |
With her quietly mad improvisations and dedication to lilting melody, Tomeka Reid proves the ferociously innovative female jazz cellist doesn't stop with Esperanza Spalding. As part of Chicago's disparate African American avant-garde music scene, Reid played cello for saxophone gods Anthony Braxton and Roscoe Mitchell before turning attentions to her debut album as a leader, the newly released Tomeka Reid Quartet . On Thursday at Rittenhouse Square's Art Alliance, under the gaze of Ars Nova Workshop, the cellist - along with Mary Halvorson (guitar)
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.
October 17, 2011 |
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.
October 4, 2013 |
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.