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2011 Readers’ Favorite Bassists – #4: Esperanza Spalding
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2011 Readers’ Favorite Bassists – #4: Esperanza Spalding

2011 was a monster year for Esperanza Spalding. She made bassists proud (and millions of teenage girls super sad/mad) by beating out Justin Bieber for the Grammy Award for Best New Artist. Esperanza was also the first jazz artist to win the award in decades. During the Grammy Awards, Esperanza teamed up with Bobby McFerrin for a memorable duet performance....

Esperanza Spalding and Gretchen Parlato: Useless Landscape (Inutil Paisagem)
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Esperanza Spalding and Gretchen Parlato: Useless Landscape (Inutil Paisagem)

Today is Esperanza Spalding‘s birthday. What better way to help celebrate than with another awesome video by the bassist? Here, Esperanza performs a beautiful duet with Gretchen Parlato on the Antonio Carlos Jobim tune, “Useless Landscape (Inutil Paisagem)” Happy birthday, Esperanza!

Esperanza Spalding: Wild Is The Wind, Live
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Esperanza Spalding: Wild Is The Wind, Live

Esperanza Spalding leads this beautiful performance of “Wild Is The Wind”, filmed live in San Sebastian in 2009. The tune is from Esperanza’s Chamber Music Society. This one has it all.

Terri Lynne Carrington Releases The Mosaic Project, Featuring Esperanza Spalding
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Terri Lynne Carrington Releases The Mosaic Project, Featuring Esperanza Spalding

Drummer Terri Lynne Carrington has released The Mosaic Project, an album featuring all female musicians including bassist Esperanza Spalding, as well as Dee Dee Bridgewater, Dianne Reeves, Cassandra Wilson, Nona Hendryx, Gretchen Parlato and others. “Everything about this recording is about making a larger picture out of many various elements,” Carrington explains. “I assembled several friends – most of whom...

Esperanza Spalding: I Know You Know / Smile Like That Live
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Esperanza Spalding: I Know You Know / Smile Like That Live

Here’s a great clip of Esperanza Spalding sporting a Fender fretless and performing live in San Sebastian on July 23, 2009.

Esperanza Spalding To Perform with Prince’s Welcome to America Tour
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Esperanza Spalding To Perform with Prince’s Welcome to America Tour

Esperanza Spalding is scheduled to open Prince’s tour on Friday, May 6 and Saturday, May 7, as part of Prince’s residency-style “Welcome 2 America” tour. The tour is a 21-date event in Los Angeles that began on April 14th at the Forum. Spalding has recruited keyboardist Raymond Angry, saxophonist Joe Lovano, guitarist Jef Lee Johnson and drummer Terri Lynne Carrington...

2011 Montreux Jazz Festival Lineup Announced
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2011 Montreux Jazz Festival Lineup Announced

The lineup for the 2011 Montreux Jazz Festival has been announced, and it will be a solid year for bass lovers. A few of the bassists set to perform include Grammy winner Esperanza Spalding, Larry Graham, Bootsy Collins, Christian McBride, Richard Bona and Marcus Miller, who will be performing as part of a tribute to Miles Davis. The fest is...

Esperanza Spalding & Company: “Tiny Desk” Concert
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Esperanza Spalding & Company: “Tiny Desk” Concert

Esperanza Spalding came up with the idea for her album, , as “an intimate experience, a close musical exchange between a small group of friends”. So, NPR gave her the opportunity to get really cozy, asking the group to perform in Bob Boilen’s workspace at NPR. (I wonder how we can get them to stop by No Treble HQ.) The...

Esperanza Spalding and Bobby McFerrin Duet at Grammys
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Esperanza Spalding and Bobby McFerrin Duet at Grammys

Here’s an electrifying clip of Best New Artist Grammy winner Esperanza Spalding with vocal phenom Bobby McFerrin performing at the Grammy pre-telecast ceremony, which they co-hosted. Esperanza’s playing is a great mix of jazzy and funky, and McFerrin deserves bonus points for picking up the bass line while she takes a solo halfway through.

Esperanza Spalding and Stanley Clarke Among 2011 Grammy Winning Bassists
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Esperanza Spalding and Stanley Clarke Among 2011 Grammy Winning Bassists

It was another great year for bass players at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards, held February 13 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. The big win of the night came for Esperanza Spalding, who beat out Justin Bieber and others to be the first jazz artist in decades to win the Grammy for “Best New Artist.” Spalding called...