Esperanza Spalding Benefit – Concert in Washington To Benefit Music Programs

On August 25th former band director Greg McKelvey will host his prodigal student in a benefit concert at Battle Ground High School.
Greg was Esperanza Spalding’s music teacher, back when she was part of the Cultural Recreation Band Youth Program in Portland.
Esperanza will play with the Advanced Jazz Band and with a group of Portland jazz musicians at Battle Ground High School from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Aug. 25th.

Click here to purchase tickets, or call 360-885-6500.

Esperanza Benefit Concert in Oregon, Portland

Esperanza Spalding will be returning to Portland to finish up tracks for her highly anticipated Radio Music Society release with Thara Memory and the American Music Program students and participate in a benefit concert on August 23rd at 7:30 pm at the Gerding Theater. Esperanza will perform American Music Program students. “Every time I come to Portland I try to reunite with Thara one of my mentors,” says Spalding. “I am excited to have had him as a teacher and to have his current students participate on my song “City of Roses” a song dedicated to the place of my birth and where I got my start”. Esperanza will be shooting a video for “City of Roses” that will include some of the students.

To learn more about Thara’s great work and the American Music Program click here

Baby’s Got Bass

The contrast between the Esperanza Spalding that you see onstage and the offstage Esperanza, jazz bassist and singer, was not immediately apparent at breakfast the day after her big sold-out show at the Montreal International Jazz Festival, the kickoff of her summer tour. Onstage she is luminous, a major chord of exuberance, swinging behind her stand-up bass, eyes closed, singing to the lights, an evangelist of joy in various cool time signatures. At breakfast, meanwhile, she was soft-spoken and contemplative, almost demure.

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Esperanza’s New Music Videos

Hey Friends – I need you to come and participate in my new music videos. I am looking for extras on Sunday August 28th in Portland, Wednesday August 31st in New York or Friday September 2nd in New York. Please sign up here and put the date you would be available in the Subject Field. I’ll be back in touch with you regarding all the details and where to meet really soon.

“Jazz all Nights” & Rock in Rio

This September, Esperanza Spalding will be in Brazil for two shows. The first stop is Sao Paulo, where she will present her latest album, Chamber Music Society, in the Teatro Bradesco on 21st Sep. Following that show, on Sat 24th Sep, Esperanza will be joining Milton Nascimiento and a group of friends to perform at the Rock in Rio 2011 festival.

Newport Jazz Festival 2011

The Newport Jazz Festival opens its doors tomorrow at the Fort Adam’s State Park, RI. This year, Esperanza Spalding and Friends will perform twice at the festival, on Sat 6th and Sun 7th Aug.

For the Saturday show, she will be accompanied by her friend Anat Cohen, drummer Justin Brown, and from her touring band, Leo Genovese on piano and Sara Caswell on the violin. For Sunday’s show, the group will be Ambrose Akinmusire on trumpet, Uri Cane on piano, her close friend Terri Lynne Carrington on drums, Aaron Burnette on saxophone and Shalini Ramaswamy on vocals.

The festival’s director, George Wein, said in a recent interview that it is great having Esperanza playing once again at the festival. “It’s marvelous,” Wein said of Spalding headlining. “She’s a very talented young lady. To me, when you get to know them the way I do, playing with them, working with them, it’s great to see the world recognize them and say ‘Hey you’re part of something.’ She’s a very brilliant young lady and aside from her talent she’s smart as a whip.”

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Kennedy Center Releases CD from Mary Lou Williams Tribute Show

The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. has announced the release of Walkin’ & Swingin’: Highlights from the Kennedy Center Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival.This recording, from the May 2010 festival, features performances from Dee Dee Bridgewater, Esperanza Spalding, Geri Allen, Terri Lyne Carrington, Virginia Mayhew, Catherine Russell, Sherrie Maricle, Ann Patterson and Grace Kelly.

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Read Jazztimes full article here.

Austin Found ELLE

ELLE
By Julie Vadnal

Among those who dominate the prickly jazz world, 26-year-old bassist Esperanza Spalding is as rare as a four-leaf clover. And not just for her signature nimbus hairstyle. Or because she performs barefoot—“it’s more comfortable,” she says—or for enlisting Q-Tip to produce the follow-up to her 2010 fusion-jazz album, Chamber Music Society, which sent shock waves through Charlie Parker faithfuls for its Brazilian influences, fresh rhythms, and instant accessibility.

It’s also for where Spalding—friends call her “Espy”—has chosen to live: Austin, a city that’s just as delightfully odd as, well, a shoeless twentysomething headlining Carnegie Hall. But asked if she’s recognized during grocery store outings or bike rides through her Travis Heights neighborhood, she just laughs and says, “I’m still a jazz musician.”

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Thank y’all!

Big thanks to all of you who participated in the Chamber Music Society European Tour Ticket  Competition. Liliana, Tinuade, Sergio are some of the winners names. Hope you all enjoyed the show and hope to see you soon with Radio Music Society.

Enjoy your summer!

Terri Lyne Carrington’s latest album The Mosaic Project features Esperanza

The Mosaic Project is cross generational, cross cultural and ‘cross genre’ in nature, which is pertinent because jazz has increasingly pollinated, allowing it’s language to metamorphose into something one group of people alone cannot claim.

The Mosaic Project, set for release on July 19, 2011, assembles an all-female cast that includes Esperanza Spalding, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Dianne Reeves, Cassandra Wilson, Nona Hendryx, Gretchen Parlato and many others.

The CD includes music from several of the artists with instrumental and vocal tracks, commenting on historical and current themes/issues with the intent to offer an informative, enjoyable, listening experience, driven by creativity and consciousness. As with the mosaic art technique, the idea was for this project to vibrantly connect colorful pieces together to create something integral, using thoroughly composed song forms, some abstract improvising, and also the human voice – creating ‘sharp shapes, with blurred edges.’

Esperanza sung the percussive yet soaring “Unconditional Love,” written by Geri Allen. Also featured on the album is Esperanza‘s song “Crayola,” which appears just a couple tracks later.

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