Esperanza Spalding fills the Michigan Theater with exceptional jazz

© Giovannin RussoneloJazz virtuoso Esperanza Spalding brought a big band and a big sound to the Michigan Theater on Saturday. Between her superhuman vocal control and impressive bass playing—both electric and upright—Spalding’s performance was mesmerizing. Her 11-piece band, the Radio Music Society, was just as responsible for captivating Ann Arbor’s crowd. The layers of sound created by the large horn section, drums, keyboard, guitar, and Spalding on bass diverged, converged, and went on wonderful tangents. At times it made your brain tingle. In all, the songstress and her band put on an energetic, technically sophisticated show.

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