Esperanza Spalding

Esperanza Spalding

Esperanza Spalding

Chamber Music Society

Saturday, October 1, 8:00pm
at Paramount Theatre

Esperanza Spalding

Esperanza Spalding

Bassist, vocalist and composer Esperanza Spalding is the most alluring ambassador in jazz, a spellbinding talent who has brought her sleek and soulful sound to a vast international audience. Through network television appearances and command performances at the White House, she’s captured a new generation’s imagination while maintaining the highest standards as an improviser. Spalding’s singular status became clearly evident this year, with her stunning breakthrough as the first jazz musician ever to win the coveted Grammy Award as Best New Artist. Avidly sought after as an accompanist, she’s worked with jazz giants including Herbie Hancock, McCoy Tyner and Joe Lovano. But it’s as a bandleader that she’s truly made her mark, laying down fierce bass lines while delivering luminous vocals in English, Spanish and Portuguese. Her ambitious 2010 album Chamber Music Society, which hit no. 1 on Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz chart and appeared on innumerable best-of-year lists, combines a string trio with a jazz rhythm section and features a glittering roster of guests, including the great Milton Nascimento. With this Paramount appearance, Esperanza makes a triumphant return to SFJAZZ as one of the most talked-about artists in the world. One listen and you’ll know why.

Artist Personnel

Esperanza Spalding vocals, bass
Sara Caswell violin
Lois Martin viola
Jody Redhage cello
Leo Genovese piano
Terri Lyne Carrington drums
Leala Cyr backing vocals 

Artist Website

"Esperanza Spalding has quickly demonstrated that she’s an artist of great beauty, grace, and daring... one of the most exciting on the music scene. " — DownBeat
"There are many gifted singers in jazz today, and no shortage of accomplished acoustic bass players. But few jazz artists can be both. " — NPR