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Esperanza Spalding is an acclaimed jazz instrumentalist and singer from Oregon. She has four solo albums and has also been featured on other peoples’ albums, such as Stanley Clarke, Nando Michelin, and Mike Stern. She has one Grammy nomination and one win for Best New Artist. She is most k... More

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Esperanza Spalding is an acclaimed jazz instrumentalist and singer from Oregon. She has four solo albums and has also been featured on other peoples’ albums, such as Stanley Clarke, Nando Michelin, and Mike Stern. She has one Grammy nomination and one win for Best New Artist. She is most known for playing the upright bass, bass guitar, and singing.

In 2005, she won the Boston Jazz Society scholarship and was hired shortly after as a teacher at the Berklee College of Music. Her first album, Junjo, was released in April 2006 with Ayva Musica.

Spalding joined Patti Austen on the Ella Fitzgerald Tribute, For Ella, tour in 2008. She also toured with Joe Lavano, a saxophonist, and the three of them collaborated and toured throughout the U.S. She has to leave Berklee as a teacher because her touring demands increased.

Her second album, Esperanza, was released in 2008. The album features three different languages- English, Spanish, and Portuguese- and gained even more success after she won the Grammy in 2011. She performed at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in 2009 for President Obama, as well as at the Park City Jazz Festival and at a tribute performance to Prince. In 2010, she was also part of a PBS special, Austin City Limits.

In 2011, she participated on other performers’ albums, such as on the song “Crayola” on Terri Lyne Carrington’s The Mosaic Project and “Freesia” on Nicholas Payton’s Bitches. Her third album, Chamber Music Society dropped in August 2010 and featured a multitude of instruments, including the piano, keyboard, drum, and percussion.

Her latest album, Radio Music Society is scheduled to be released on March 20, 2012. Spalding continues to tour across the U.S.

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