Esperanza Spalding: Radio Music Society

Esperanza Spalding: Radio Music Society


Resident Artistic Director
Esperanza Spalding
Radio Music Society

Friday, May 1, 7:30pm
at SFJAZZ Center, Miner Auditorium

Resident Artistic Director Esperanza Spalding
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Esperanza Spalding: Radio Music Society

A world-class acoustic and electric bassist, an enchanting singer, a savvy composer and charismatic bandleader — Esperanza Spalding is a bona fide star for the 21st century. With her triumph at the 2011 GRAMMY Awards, where she became the first jazz artist ever to win Best New Artist, Spalding has quickly emerged as one of the era’s defining musicians. Born and raised in Portland, Spalding discovered the upright bass as a teenager and soon immersed herself in blues, funk, hip-hop, jazz and Latin American genres. At only 20, she became the youngest-ever professor at the Berklee College of Music and performed in 2009 at President Obama’s Nobel Prize acceptance ceremony. Now 30, Esperanza is an international pop icon with collaborators including Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Joe Lovano, Milton Nascimento and other giants. Debuting at #10 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, Esperanza’s genre-bending 2012 gem, Radio Music Society, is a project that binds her love of Brazilian music with threads of gospel, soul and big band swing. This double GRAMMY-winner is the focus of Esperanza’s second night as an SFJAZZ Resident Artistic Director.

Artist Personnel

Esperanza Spalding bass, vocals
Lyndon Rochelle drums
Leo Genovese piano, vocals
Leala Cyr trumpet, vocals
Chris Turner vocals
Matt Stevens guitar
Hailey Niswanger saxophone
John Nastos saxophone
Devin Phillips saxophone
Thomas Barber trumpet
Peter Piazza trombone
Carl Block trombone

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