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Esperanza Spalding has released a new video “We Are America”. The video is available here.
Don’t miss jazz super group ACS featuring acclaimed pianist Geri Allen, Grammy Award-winning drummer Terri Lyne Carrington, and Esperanza Spalding.
Geri Allen, Terri Lyne Carrington and Esperanza Spalding ACS confirm 9 European performances including Oslo, Basel, Barcelona, London and other cities. Check all tour dates and don’t miss the chance to see this critically acclaimed trio.
When drummer Terri Lyne Carrington hired veteran pianist Geri Allen, then-little-known bassist Esperanza Spalding and Dutch saxophonist Tineke Postma to play with her at the 2007 Red Sea Jazz Festival in Eilat, Israel, it was not her initial intention to put together an all-female band. The gig, however, did lead to her to record the Grammy-winning 2011 album “The Mosaic Project,” featuring 21 female instrumentalists and vocalists – Allen, Postma, Spalding, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Anat Cohen, Sheila E., Nona Hendryx, Mimi Jones, Gretchen Parlato, Dianne Reeves, Patrice Rushen and Cassandra Wilson, among them – and begin performing with Allen and Spalding in a group they call the ACS Trio, which will make its Bay Area debut Oct. 24 at the SFJazz Center. Read full article at SFGate.com.
The group, which performs as the ACS Trio, will perform on Friday night at the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater. All three of these players have prolific careers leading their own groups, so this is a side project that allows for a sharing of the spotlight and a chance to stretch out in some unexpected directions. There might be a few original compositions performed at the concert, but for the most part this trio draws on classic material from across the jazz spectrum. The setlist will include songs from the Great American Songbook to standards by Wayne Shorter and Eric Dolphy. ACS takes these time honored tunes and adds a twist through their own arrangements. Read full article on Dcist.com.
A unique Detroit Jazz Festival Community Series event featuring an original piece by Wayne Shorter, commissioned by the Detroit Jazz Festival. Wayne Shorter and Esperanza Spalding will perform the extraordinary piece joined by the Wayne Shorter Quartet, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and conductor Vince Mendoza. More information here.
You’ve never seen this much talent on just one stage. Headlining the Ladies of Jazz show will be the world’s most highly acclaimed female jazz vocalist, three-time Grammy Award® winner and Tony Award® winner, Dee Dee Bridgewater, and Grammy Award-winning “Best New Artist” Esperanza Spalding, among others. The show will also feature The Mosaic Project with Grammy®-winning drummer Terri Lyne Carrington, first place Thelonious Monk Vocal Competition winner Gretchen Parlato, Grammy®-winning pianist, composer and educator Gerri Allen, and sax star Tia Fuller. All details here.
September 10th is the day that Janelle Monae releases Suites IV-V of her ArchAndroid saga, also known as her new album The Electric Lady. Monae has just released the cover artwork and tracklisting for the album. The album counts with collaborations such as Prince, Esperanza Spalding and Erykah Badu, plus it will feature Solange on the eponymous track and Dungeon Family cohorts Cee Lo and Big Boi on a remix.
Geri Allen, Terri Lyne Carrington and Esperanza Spalding ACS confirm 10 North American performances including Fairfield, Washington, Los Angeles, Springfield, Austin and other cities. Check all tour dates and don’t miss the chance to see this critically acclaimed trio.
Another occasion to enjoy a unique performance, where jazz great Wayne Shorter brings his own quartet and with special guest bassist/vocalist Esperanza Spalding to the NSO Pops. A highlight of the program will be the NSO co-commissioned Gaia, which Jazz Times called a “masterful” work. Learn more here.
One of the most influential contemporary jazz trios ACS Geri Allen, Terri Lyne Carrington and Esperanza Spalding recently toured Europe and now join icon Wayne Shorter for a two night celebration honoring Wayne Shorter at Hollywood Bowl in Sept 28th and at Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre in Salt Lake City.
Curaçao North Sea Jazz Festival will bear witness to the final Radio Music Society performance of 2013. The 11 piece esemble and Esperanza Spalding will visit Curaçao next Saturday 31st of August with a great set list that includes her hits Radio Song and Black Gold. More info here.
Esperanza Spalding contains multitudes. At her most creative, the charismatic artist doesn’t so much cross over from jazz to pop as she refracts genres into little slivers that play off each other. Once upon a time in the 20th century, her contemporary R&B effort “Radio Music Society,” released last year, would have prompted a surplus of critical angst over whether or not it’s really jazz. But today, in no small measure because the jazz world can really use a superstar of Spalding’s beaming appeal, it’s all fair play. Continue reading The Boston Globe.com.