Esperanza Spalding & Special Guests

Esperanza Spalding & Special Guests


Resident Artistic Director
Esperanza Spalding
& Special Guests

Sunday, May 3, 7:00pm
at SFJAZZ Center, Miner Auditorium

Resident Artistic Director Esperanza Spalding
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Esperanza Spalding & Special Guests

Continuing to embark on uncharted territory, bassist, singer and composer Esperanza Spalding brings her passion for new sounds with her ever-expanding collage of musical sketches in her debut week as an SFJAZZ Resident Artistic Director. 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. With the first two nights of her residency, Spalding revisited her blockbuster Chamber Music Society and Radio Music Society projects, and devotes the final performances to collaborating in duos and trios with a stunning array of guest artists from the worlds of music and dance.

Artist Personnel

Esperanza Spalding vocals, bass
Corey King trombone, vocals
Nadia Washington classical guitar,
Matthew Stevens guitar
Justin Tyson 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