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Esperanza Spalding Re-Invents Young Jazz Education

In a recent article by the LA Times bassist Esperanza Spalding revealed how she is teaching young children about jazz in new and engaging ways with band mate Leo Genovese. She has introduced free jazz improvisation to young children with a Cops & Robbers spin: Leo musician plays a lead, and Spalding tries to catch him – if she succeeds...

Christian McBride to Interview, Perform with Esperanza Spalding
Concerts & Tours

Christian McBride to Interview, Perform with Esperanza Spalding

Christian McBride will be hosting an intimate one-on-one conversation with Esperanza Spalding after she gives a performance in an event presented by Jazz House Kids. The two jazz bass stars will also perform together, marking their debut duet performance. The evening’s proceeds benefit Jazz House Kids, an arts enrichment organization created to inspire and motivate children of all backgrounds by...

New Albums

Esperanza Spalding’s New Album Announced: Chamber Music Society

Bassist, vocalist and composer Esperanza Spalding is releasing her second album on the Heads Up label, Chamber Music Society, on August 17th. Chamber Music Society is Spalding’s follow up to the 2008 release, Esperanza, which sat atop Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz chart for over 70 weeks. Backed by drummer Terri Lyne Carrington and pianist Leo Genovese, Spalding draws from her classical...

Events

Atlanta Jazz Fest to Feature Free Performances by Marcus Miller, Esperanza Spalding and Stanley Clarke

The 33rd annual Atlanta Jazz Festival will feature many great jazz artists, including bass greats Marcus Miller, Esperanza Spalding and Stanley Clarke. The event takes place on over May 29-30 at Piedmont Park in Atlanta, Georgia. Best of all? It’s all free. Swing Streets to Swing Beats featuring Esperanza Spalding and Raydar Ellis performs on the 29th, at 7:00 PM....

Concerts & Tours

32nd Annual Playboy Jazz Festival to Feature Who’s Who of Bassists

The Playboy Jazz Festival promises to be another bass player’s favorite, featuring performances and appearances by Esperanza Spalding, Marcus Miller, Dwayne Burno, John Clayton’s Clayton-Hamilton Orchestra, Chick Corea’s freedom band with Christian McBride, and many more. Hosted by comedian Bill Cosby, the festival will take place June 12-13 at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, California. “It’s a party with...

Bass Videos

Esperanza Spalding performs “Tell Him” at The White House Unplugged Poetry Jam

On May 12, 2009, the White House held the “Unplugged Poetry Jam”, and bassist Esperanza Spalding was one of the featured performers. Esperanza is obviously becoming a White House favorite. She took the stage at the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony this morning, and will perform a concert at the ceremony tomorrow. Here’s Esperanza performing “Tell Him”:

Concerts & Tours

Esperanza Spalding to join McCoy Tyner for New Year’s performance

Esperanza Spalding will be joining legendary jazz pianist McCoy Tyner, along with Ravi Coltrane and Francisco Mela for a run of six nights, including New Years Eve, at Yoshi’s in Oakland. Tyner rose to fame as a member of John Coltrane’s quartet and has been a staple of the jazz community ever since. Spalding, who is the youngest professor ever...

Esperanza Spalding performing Stevie Wonder’s “Overjoyed”
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Esperanza Spalding performing Stevie Wonder’s “Overjoyed”

Bassist Esperanza Spalding performed at the White House for the Obama family in early 2009, celebrating the music of Stevie Wonder. This video clip includes her performance of “Overjoyed”. Spalding is currently on tour and will continue to be through December of 2009. A complete tour list is available from her web site.

Bass Videos

Esperanza Spalding Live: “I Know You Know”

Last summer, Esperanza Spalding made an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, performing “I Know You Know”, from her Esperanza CD. Esperanza is playing a Doolin Custom Acoustic bass. Enjoy!

Concerts & Tours

Playboy Jazz Festival: the bassists

This weekend’s Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl will include two days of great music and great bass players. Highlights include Dave Holland with his big band, Esperanza Spalding and John Patitucci with the Wayne Shorter Quartet. Here’s a more complete lineup: Saturday performances include Jimmy Cobb’s So What Band featuring Wallace Roney, Norman Brown’s Summer Storm 2009, The...

Concerts & Tours

Esperanza Spalding tour dates

Bassist/vocalist Esperanza Spalding has updated tour information for the summer, including many festivals along the way: June dates June 5, 2009 at 8:00pm: Discover Jazz Festival, Burlington, VT June 8, 2009 at 8:00pm: Via Funchal. Jorge Benson with Esperanza Spalding, Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo June 13, 2009 at 8:00pm: Playboy Jazz Festival, Holywood Bowl, Hollywood, CA June 16, 2009 at...

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Esperanza Spalding on NPR’s Piano Jazz

In November 2008, Marian McPartland hosted bassist Esperanza Spalding on her Piano Jazz show. The session was part interview, part performance by Esperanza and her pianist, Leo Genovese. During the broadcast, Esperanza offers a look into her background and draw to music, starting at the age of four, through her time at Berklee in Boston. The full session runs about...