OK Mozart Oklahoma
The trio of drummer Terri Lyne Carrington, pianist Geri Allen, and bassist Esperanza Spalding first came together to play on Carrington’s all-female, Grammy-nominated “Mosaic Project” album in 2011. The trio leans toward standards and judiciously chosen bits of jazz from the 1950s and ’60s and sits more in line with the acoustic jazz tradition. While it’s tempting to see this group as simply a dynamic combination of virtuosos with amazing depth and experience gathered together in a piano trio, this ensemble is much more. Pianist Allen and drummer Carrington have clocked myriad accomplishments, bending rhythms to suit their varied interests. Meanwhile, Spalding is the current queen of the jazz bass, so watching the chemistry present itself will be an experience not to be missed.
Hill House Presents “Live from the Hill”
For years, the Hill District’s legendary clubs have been quiet, stages empty and memories worn. But when nine-time Grammy winner John Legend performed at Kaufmann Center last year, a neighborhood legacy was reborn. This year, Hill House‘s annual fundraiser, Live from the Hill, will feature Grammy Award Winner, jazz vocalist and bassist, Esperanza Spalding, Grammy award winning drummer, Terri Lyne Carrington and pianist Geri Allen.
Late Show with David Letterman
First Lady Michelle Obama will appear on the “Late Show with David Letterman” tonight with a performance by Esperanza Spalding at 11:35 p.m. ET on CBS. Stay tuned to Radio Music Society!
Jazz on WGBH with Eric Jackson
On March 11th, from 11pm – midnight ET, Erick Jackson on WGBH Radio will be broadcasting a selection of live recordings they have made over the years of Esperana Spalding.
Terri Lyne Carrington’s Grammy win for Best Jazz Vocal Album spotlights women
Terri Lyne Carrington’s Grammy win this year in the category of Best Jazz Vocal Album for her album ‘The Mosaic Project’ allows her to share the spotlight with other female musicians in an extremely prominent way.
The drummer’s highly acclaimed ‘Mosaic Project’ features a number of top class female musicians and Grammy award winners such as bassist and vocalist Esperanza Spalding, three-time Grammy winning vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater, and two-time Grammy winning vocalist Cassandra Wilson.
Read full story at Examiner.com
Unesco and goodwill ambassador Herbie Hancock
UNESCO and Goodwill Ambassador Herbie Hancock launch 40th anniversary of the World Heritage Convention
The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, launched the 40th anniversary celebration of the World Heritage Convention in a ceremony at UNESCO Headquarters on 30 January. The launch featured a concert by jazz legend and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Herbie Hancock, with performances by Corinne Bailey Rae, Esperanza Spalding, Manu Katché and Stephen Brown. An original song composed by Esperanza Spalding to celebrate heritage was performed for the first time during the concert.
Don’t miss Esperanza’s performance with Herbie Hancock.
Chicago Tribune’s Best Jazz Shows 2011
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.
Billboard’s Year Music
Esperanza‘s Chamber Music Society was the #1 biggest selling Contemporary Jazz Album of 2011 and Esperanza was #1 in the Contemporary Jazz Artist category as well.
Back at Berklee
Grammy-winning bassist Esperanza Spalding, Berklee voice coach Maggie Scott, and R&B singer Lalah Hathaway conducted a clinic for students this week. Spalding and Hathaway are former students of Scott’s, to whom they paid tribute with a concert Thursday that also included alums Antonia Bennett, Robin McKelle, and Nadia Washington. It was Spalding’s first appearance in Boston since winning best new artist Grammy last February. Pictured (from left): Hathaway, Scott, and Spalding.
From The Boston Globe
By: Mark Shanahan and Merdith Goldstein
Esperanza Spalding 25 Seconds for 25$
Search & Restore is a Brooklyn based non profit dedicated to the new jazz and improvised music scene. They’re trying to raise $200,000 for their 2012 operations by way of 8,000 $25 donations. Esperanza Spalding improvised for 25 seconds to encourage folks to give $25, see the video.
For more information visit searchandrestore.com