Check out Esperanza Spalding in Glamour & Teen Vogue Sept. Issue

Esperanza Spalding is promoting her new album, here’s reviews from Teen Vogue and Glamour!

Chamber Music Society – The New York Times

Several tracks into her third album as a leader, Esperanza Spalding offers up “Really Very Small,” an invention of hers arranged for standard rhythm section with a three-piece complement of strings. Her multitracked vocals appear first, in a waft of elfin ahs and ohs, before she starts a syncopated bass line, digging hard into a groove. The song, with its springy wordless melody and clockwork overlay of meters, comes across as a deft piece of work, current in its thinking and light on its feet. It speaks to the strictly musical side of her breakaway mainstream success, which of course is only part of the picture.

Since the 2008 release of “Esperanza” (Heads Up), Ms. Spalding has been the recipient of a truly unusual amount of goodwill. A smart, surefooted bassist and a frolicsome, irrepressible singer, she does her part to justify the acclaim. But her talent has been a good pretense for people who don’t pay much attention to jazz to marvel at its bright new hope. Her music now comes burdened with expectations.

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All About Jazz Review

On the opening track of her much-lauded, self-titled major label debut, Esperanza (Heads Up, 2008 ), bassist/vocalist Esperanza Spalding covered Milton Nascimento’s timeless gem, “Ponta de Areia.” Rather than covering another of the singer/composer’s tunes on Chamber Music Society, Spalding recruits Nascimento to perform on her own “Apple Blossoms.” It’s but one example of a highly intriguing set that blends her classical training with jazz, pop and soul tendencies.

By Ernest Barteldes

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Chamber Music Society Album Release

Esperanza Spalding is releasing her second album on the Heads Up label, Chamber Music Society, on August 17th. Chamber Music Society is Spalding’s follow up to the 2008 release, Esperanza, which sat atop Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz chart for over 70 weeks.

Backed by drummer Terri Lyne Carrington and pianist Leo Genovese, Spalding draws from her classical training from her younger years and creates a modern chamber music group that combines improvisation with elements of jazz, folk and world music.

The album also features percussionist Quintino Cinalli, violinist Entcho Todorov, violist Lois Martin, cellist David Eggar and Gretchen Parlato on voice. Milton Nascimento makes a guest appearance on one track.

Pre-order the CD from esperanzaspalding.com or download from iTunes with a special bonus track!!!

ELM Trio on tour in Europe

ELM Trio, the trio formed by Esperanza Spalding, the pianist Leo Genovese and drummer Francisco Mela will perform on August 4th at Jamboree Jazz Club, Barcelona. ELM Trio will offer three more shows in Europe, on August 8th at the Jardins do Palacio de Cristal in Porto, Portugal and August 10th and 11th at the jazz club Birdland in Helsinki, Finland.

Esperanza Spalding named Portland Jazz Festival Ambassador

Esperanza Spalding Named Artistic & Community Ambassador by Portland Jazz Festival.
PDX Jazz, the presenting organization of the Alaska Airlines/ Horizon Air Portland Jazz Festival presented by U.S. Bank, announce the appointment of Esperanza Spalding as Artistic & Community Ambassador. The Celebrated bassist, vocalist, composer and bandleader will officially begin her newly appointed position effective October 14 at the kick-off press conference for the 2011 festival to be held February 18 through 27 in downtown Portland, Oregon.

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Down Beat Reader’s Poll: Esperanza nominated

Esperanza Spalding has been nominated in the Down Beat Reader’s Poll in the following categories: Jazz Artist, Bass, Electric Bass and Female Vocalist, please get out the Vote!!!

Where’s The Best Jazz On YouTube? by Patrick Jarenwattananon

On Tuesday, the folks at YouTube graciously gave NPR Music a big chunk of its homepage to curate some recommended videos. Each of us in the office got the chance to nominate a few favorites. I made sure there were a few modern jazz performances up there, prioritizing clips which came from public radio and TV. Among my nominations were this burst of charisma from Esperanza Spalding on Austin City Limits. by Patrick Jarenwattananon.