Howard Reich from The Chicago Tribune has just published his top live jazz shows of 2011.
10 great shows that include Tammy McCann, McCoy Tyner, Tony Bennett and Esperanza Spalding among others.
For Reich, Spalding was able to present complex, sophisticated musical ideas in ways that were accessible and appealing to the mass audience she attracts. Traveling easily among jazz, classical and pop-tinged idioms, the bassist forged an ensemble sound at once melodically appealing and harmonically complex. If she can maintain her high musical standards amid all the attention that has been trained on her since she won the best new artist Grammy® Award in February (no easy task), she could bring new audiences to jazz.