Esperanza Spalding: Chamber Music Society

Esperanza Spalding: Chamber Music Society


Resident Artistic Director
Esperanza Spalding
Chamber Music Society

Thursday, April 30, 7:30pm
at SFJAZZ Center, Miner Auditorium

Resident Artistic Director Esperanza Spalding
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Esperanza Spalding: Chamber Music Society

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 in 2011, 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 to create a gorgeous hybrid of jazz and classical music and features a glittering roster of guests including the Brazilian master (and Season 3 artist) Milton Nascimento. Spalding revisits this project to begin her tenure as an SFJAZZ Resident Artistic Director.

Artist Personnel

Esperanza Spalding vocals, bass
Leala Cyr vocals, trumpet
Leo Genovese piano
Sara Caswell violin
Lois Martin viola
Jody Redhage cello
Richie Barshay drums

Artist Website

"Spalding has made her mark not just as a virtuoso jazz bassist or an effortlessly nimble singer but as an exotic hybrid of the two. " — The New York Times
"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