Maggie Scott Tribute w/ Antonia Bennett, Lalah Hathaway, Esperanza Spalding & more
Since 1980, Berklee Professor Maggie Scott has hosted Jazz Vocal Night, an annual student recital where she is involved in all aspects, from auditioning the performers to accompanying them on piano. Celebrating Maggie Scott: 30 Years of Jazz Vocal Night, is part of the 2011-2012 Signature Series at Berklee and will take place at the Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA.
Scott and special guests Bennett, Hathaway, McKelle, Spalding, and Washington will perform jazz standards, and video footage of the alumnae from past Jazz Vocal nights will be shown during each artist’s introduction. The concert band features faculty members Tim Ray on piano, Terri Lyne Carrington on drums, and Jon Lockwood on bass. Concert co-producer Greg Hopkins plans to have additional instrumentalists – including students – join on some tunes with guitar and trombone features, horn section, and a string quartet.
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DownBeat Announces Readers Poll Results
The results of the 76th Annual DownBeat Readers Poll are out.
Iconic pianist Ahmad Jamal was named as the readers’ choice for the DownBeat Hall of Fame, bassist Esperanza Spalding became the first woman to be named DownBeat’s Jazz Artist of the Year, and Brad Mehldau’s Live in Marciac (Nonesuch) was named Jazz Album of the Year.
Esperanza was previously awarded in 2010 as Rising Star Acoustic Bass.
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Grammy Camp Soundcheck with Esperanza
The Philadelphia Chapter, in partnership with the GRAMMY Foundation and GRAMMY U, hosted a GRAMMY Camp – SoundCheck with Esperanza Spalding on October 14th at the Merriam Theater in Philadelphia, PA. At the end of her Chamber Music Society Tour, Spalding gave high school and college students a glimpse into a professional soundcheck before sitting down to discuss creating and studying music with high school and college students.
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Don’t Miss Mr. Abreu on TED
In 2009 the Venezuelan pianist José Antonio Abreu received the TED Prize for his work as director of the non-profit program El Sistema. Originally called Social Action for Music, El Sistema is a state foundation which watches over and coordinates Venezuela’s 125 youth orchestras and instrumental training programmes. Esperanza would like to share with you Abreu‘s touching speech when he received the TED Prize.
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Esperanza on tour with Joe Lovano
This week Esperanza Spalding has joined the saxophonist Joe Lovano on his U.S. Five project for a ten-day tour that will cross America and end in Canada. As soon as this tour ends, Esperanza will be back in the studio to finish the mixes on her next album, Radio Music Society, due to be release next spring.
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The Year in Women: Esquire’s Achievers of 2011
Esperanza Spalding makes number 4 in Esquire‘s The Year in Women list. Beyoncé Knowles, Emma Stone, Victoria Azarenka, Karmen Pedaru, among other international music icons, actresses, models and athletes are also in the list. Click here to visit esquire.com to learn more about the list.
Esperanza Spalding – showmanship without the fluff
by Aaron Willians
October 13, 2011
Wednesday night, Grammy® Award winning bassist Esperanza Spalding and her “Chamber Music Society” performed in the Camp Concert Hall at The University of Richmond. For all of the talents Spalding possesses as a musician, her showmanship stood out in front of a sold out audience.
The event began in total darkness. Spalding stealthily snuck on stage, turned on a lamp, poured a glass of wine, took off her coat and sat down in a red leather reading chair. Immediately, every member of the audience must have known they were in for something different.
While Spalding sat, violinist Sara Caswell, violist Lois Martin, and cellist Jody Redhage began lightly playing a gentle melody. Slowly the lights faded, the music stopped, pianist Leo Genovese, drummer Richie Barshay, and singer Leala Cyr entered, and Spalding again stealthily moved across the stage. This time instead of sitting, she picked up her bass and began playing.
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Esperanza and The Smithsonian Museum
The National Museum of American History will be collecting from Esperanza Spalding as part of the museum’s women in jazz initiative, which began last April with Jazz Appreciation Month 2011.
In 2009, Spalding performed at the Nobel Prize ceremony in Oslo, Norway, at the invitation of President Obama. Spalding was most recently recognized for her musical talents in February 2011 when she won the GRAMMY® for Best New Artist. Born in Portland, Oregon, Spalding studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mass., where she went on to become one of the youngest teachers at Berklee at the age of 20.
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Esperanza Spalding Make The Root’s 100 List
2011 The Root 100 List
The 100 most influential African Americans in 2011
For 2011 The Root set out to identify the most influential African Americans between 25 and 45 years of age. They defined influence broadly to include anyone who is shaping our daily conversations with work that matters. To identify and rank The Root 100, they developed a formula that defines influence as the marriage of reach and substance.
Broadly, The Root defined reach as how many people this person touches through his or her work. For substance, the editorial team scored each person based on how much he or she enriched our lives and made the world a more interesting, fun, beautiful or just place.
Grammy® Award winner Esperanza Spalding makes the list at #24, a list were we can also find musical icons as Beyonce Knowles, Kayne West and John Legend among others.
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Can Esperanza Spalding lure new audiences to jazz?
By Howard Reich
October 4, 2011
No one was more surprised than Esperanza Spalding that she won the Best New Artist Grammy® earlier this year.
Except perhaps Justin Bieber, a pop phenomenon who found himself aced by a 26-year-old jazz bassist-vocalist whose art is a tad more sophisticated than the commercial music of our day.
This kind of thing doesn’t just happen at the Grammys, the development catching Spalding somewhat off guard.
“That’s an understatement,” says Spalding, who on Friday night at Symphony Center will play her first Chicago concert since the Grammy® dramatically lifted her global profile. “Everybody in my little camp over here was (surprised). Shoot. Honestly … you don’t know how something is going to be received.
“When you’re playing improvised music that is more through-composed and more related to the intimacy and interplay of the musicians, it’s subtler” than Top 40, continues Spalding.
“I think it’s always a surprise when a piece of work like that – that’s not based on hype of these best-known names or the long career of someone famous” gets honored, adds Spalding. “It’s a surprise – a nice one.”
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