GRAMMY® Best New Artist

What an evening for Esperanza. Picking up the Grammy® Award for the Best New Artist, Esperanza said, “I feel really lucky”. Her fellow nominees were Justin Bieber, Drake, Florence & The Machine, and Mumford and Sons. Esperanza added that they are all outstanding musicians and a great testament to the diversity of music.

“I certainly did not expect to even be considered for that type of nomination,” she said. “Me being a little old jazz musician and everything.”

Esperanza Spalding Reaches Wider Audience Her Way

Thursday February 10, 2011

From The Associated Press

Esperanza Spalding is getting the wider audience she had sought, but her terms.

From the time Esperanza Spalding appeared on the scene in 2005, the dynamic singer, bassist, composer and arranger has been heralded as jazz’s next big thing. Her impressive musicianship has won her White House recital dates, praise from the likes of Stevie Wonder and Herbie Hancock, and critical acclaim.

But last year, as she prepared to perform in front of a hug mainstream audience at a tribute to musical mentor Prince at the BET Awards, she started to think about how the moment could catapult her into pop stardom.

“I was really on this mission, kind of in my mind, to figure out how I was going to take my music to turn it accessible to the pop world. ‘How am I going to turn this into like an Alicia Keys thing?’” she recalled thinking.

But when she got to rehearsals with her famous counterparts – including her idol Keys – she decided fame had somehow warped the purity of their artistry, and she didn’t want that happening to her.

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Esperanza talks about her Grammy® nomination with Billboard

Esperanza talks about her Grammy® nomination in a interview with Billboard.

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Esperanza Spalding will be performing at this year’s Grammy® Awards.

Best New Artist nominee, Esperanza Spalding will be performing at this year’s Grammy® Awards.
Her 2010 album, Chamber Music Society, hit No. 1 on Billboards’s Contemporary Jazz Albums chart last month, and she’s just wrapping up the “Welcome 2 America” tour with Prince and his band, The New Power Generation.

In addition to her duties as a performer, Spalding is also set to co-host the Grammy® Award’s Pre-Telecast Ceremony, which will feature a performance by Cindy Lauper, and will be streamed live on www.grammy.com/live four hours before the televised ceremony.

The 53rd Annual Grammy® Awards will air at 8 p.m. on Sunday, February 13 on CBS.

Check out grammy.com here for a full list of nominees.

Esperanza to co-host the 53rd annual Grammy Awards pre-telecast ceremony

Esperanza and Bobby McFerrin to co-host GRAMMY® Pre-Telecast, featuring performances by Buddy Guy, Cyndi Lauper and Mavis Staples, among others. The ceremony taking place on Sunday, February 13, from 1 to 4 PM PT at Los Angeles Convention Center, will be streamed live internationally on grammy.com/live and youtube.com/thegrammys beginning at 1 PM PT.

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Esperanza appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno

For those who missed it, check out here Esperanza’s Facebook  to view  “Winter Sun” from last night’s Jay Leno!!!

Tonight Esperanza and her band on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno

Tonight, Monday January 31st, Esperanza and her band will be performing on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. The programme will broadcasted at 11.35pm (Eastern time) on NBC.

Esperanza appearance on The Late Show With David Letterman Jan. 21st

In case you missed it, Esperanza stopped by The Late Show with David Letterman last Friday, January 21st to perform the song “Winter Sun” from her latest release, watch the video here.

This Friday night Esperanza and her band will be performing on the Late Show with David Letterman

This Friday night Esperanza and her band will be performing on the Late Show with David Letterman. The programme will be broadcasted at 11.35pm (Eastern time)on CBS.

Esperanza live at Village Vanguard with Joe Lovano Us Five

Joe Lovano Us Five featuring Esperanza Spalding will perform from Tuesday January 11th to Sunday January 16th, at the Village Vanguard to present Lovano’s latest album, Bird Songs (Blue Note, 2011).

For more info check out here.