Esperanza Spalding

Esperanza Spalding



Esperanza Emily Spalding[2] (born October 18, 1984)[3] is an American jazz bassist and singer. Spalding was raised in Portland, Oregon and was a musical prodigy, playing violin in the Chamber Music Society of Oregon at five years old. She was later both self-taught and -trained on a number of instruments, including guitar and bass. Her proficiency earned her scholarships to Portland State University and the Berklee College of Music. In 2017 she was appointed Professor of the Practice of Music at Harvard University.[4]

She has won four Grammy Awards, including the Grammy Award for Best New Artist at the 53rd Grammy Awards,[5] making her the first jazz artist to win the award.[6][7]



Radio Music Society
Radio Music Society is the fourth studio album by Esperanza Spalding, which was released through the record label Heads Up International on March 20, 2012.
Chamber Music Society
Chamber Music Society is the third studio album by American bassist Esperanza Spalding.
Emily's D+Evolution
Emily's D+Evolution is the fifth studio album by the American musician Esperanza Spalding, released on 4 March 2016 on Concord Records.
Esperanza is the second studio album by the American bassist and vocalist Esperanza Spalding.

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Innovation in education: Sandia Vista teacher is a national ‘digital innovator’
  –  February 3, 2018
Judd Apatow, Joyce DiDonato, Whoopi Goldberg, Chris Kratt, John Lithgow, Yo-Yo Ma and son Nicholas Ma, Itzhak Perlman, Sarah Silverman, Esperanza Spalding and Caroll Spinney reveal their favorite memories from “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” while Joe ...
14th Annual Provincetown Jazz Festival
  –  February 2, 2018
Tim has performed with: Tony Bennett, Aretha Franklin, Bonnie Raitt, Gary Burton, Esperanza Spalding, Phil Woods, Scott Hamilton, Boston Pops, and many more. Tim has toured throughout the Americas, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East ...
MISTER ROGERS: IT'S YOU I LIKE Premieres March 2018 on PBS
  –  February 1, 2018
Judd Apatow, Joyce DiDonato, Whoopi Goldberg, Chris Kratt, John Lithgow, Yo-Yo Ma and son Nicholas Ma, Itzhak Perlman, Sarah Silverman,Esperanza Spalding and Caroll Spinney reveal their favorite memories from Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, while Joe Negri ...
5 Grammy wins that prove how unpredictable — and controversial — the awards can be
  –  January 30, 2018
And go ahead, just try to name one song from that alleged “best” album of 2014. 4) Esperanza Spalding beats Justin Bieber, Drake, Florence and the Machine, and Mumford & Sons for Best New Artist (2011) Looking back at the 2011 competition for Best New ...
2018 Grammys: Our Predictions for Who Will (and Should) Win
  –  January 29, 2018
The Grammys notoriously are unpredictable in this category; many still lose sleep at the thought of the 2011 ceremony, when Esperanza Spalding beat Drake, Justin Bieber, Florence + the Machine and Mumford & Sons for this title. That said, SZA is probably ...
The Money Behind Winning a Grammy
  –  January 29, 2018
After winning his first Grammy, “Bruno Mars’ average nightly gross swelled from $130,000 to $202,000 (+55%).” Esperanza Spalding went from $20,000 to $32,000 (+60%) and Taylor Swift jumped from $125,000 to $600,000 (+380%). And because it would be so ...
If Fans Had A Say, Here's Who'd Win At The Grammys On Sunday Night
  –  January 26, 2018
Who among us doesn’t remember when Bon Iver upset Nicki Minaj for Best New Artist in 2012, or when Esperanza Spalding beat out Justin Bieber for the same prize in 2011? In years past, this could be a good way to measure just how much Grammy voters and ...
A pleasure to see people’s culture back in People’s World
  –  January 25, 2018
Among the participants were bassist and singer Esperanza Spalding, percussionist Terri Lyne Carrington, trumpeter Arnetta Johnson, and political activist, author, and professor Angela Davis. Spalding argued that male professors, bandleaders, and promoters ...
The Greatest Grammys Snubs of All Time
  –  January 25, 2018
Amy would never have another. —DL 2011 Best New Artist: Esperanza Spalding over Drake and Justin Bieber It was a pleasant surprise to see Esperanza Spalding pull off her shocking Best New Artist upset in 2011. Her contributions to the resurgence and ...
Jukebox: Talented guitarists in spotlight
  –  January 25, 2018
The Indonesian-born teenager, like fellow young jazz giant bassist-singer Esperanza Spalding, made his area debut at Music Haven, a superstar in the making at 12, in 2015. Alexander taught himself to play piano at 6, released his first album “My Favorite ...
2010s Grammys Best New Artist Winners: Where Are They Now?
  –  January 23, 2018
After being the first jazz musician to win best new artist (much to the dismay of Beliebers everywhere), Esperanza Spalding went on to earn four other Grammy noms -- three of which she won in 2013 and 2014 after releasing two more albums. In 2017 ...


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