$47,$37, $27 students (any school), $44 groups (15 or more)
Bassist/vocalist/composer Esperanza Spalding was one
of the biggest breakout stars of 2011, garnering Best New Artist at the 53rd Grammy®
Awards. This was unprecedented by a jazz musician, and Spalding continues to
make the unprecedented her norm.
Her journey as a solo artist began with the 2006 release of Junjo. In 2008 her international debut recording, Esperanza, quickly topped Billboard's Contemporary Jazz Chart and became the year's bestselling jazz album worldwide. Numerous awards and appearances followed, including an invitation by President Obama to appear at both the White House and the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony, a performance at the 84th Academy Awards, and an appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman that found Letterman and bandleader Paul Shaffer proclaiming the young musician as the "coolest" guest in the program's three-decade history. Her 2010 release, Chamber Music Society, was another instant chart-topper and award-winner. In 2012 she released Radio Music Society, and her U.S. tour to support the album began here at the Center.
To celebrate her birthday month, Esperanza returns with
a special two-week tour. Joined by long-time collaborators Leo
Genovese and Lyndon Rochelle, this intimate trio performance will include
selections from her critically-acclaimed releases.
Photo by Sandrine Lee
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