Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google banner ads that appear on every page for a full year!


I want to help

Esperanza Spalding

If “esperanza” is the Spanish word for hope, then bassist, vocalist and composer Esperanza Spalding could not have been given a more fitting name at birth. Blessed with uncanny instrumental chops, a multi-lingual voice that is part angel and part siren, and a natural beauty that borders on the hypnotic, the 23-year-old prodigy-turned-pro might well be the hope for the future of jazz and instrumental music.

“Irresistible, Interpretive, Perceptive, such expressions are very much at the core of Spalding’s life story, but the story is anything but typical. She was born in 1984 and raised on what she calls “the other side of the tracks” in a multi-lingual household and neighborhood in Portland, Oregon. Growing up in a single-parent home amid economically adverse circumstances, she learned early lessons in the meaning of perseverance and moral character from the role model whom she holds in the highest regard to this day “ her mother.

Read more
Those following jazz ought to keep an ear on the bassist ESPERANZA SPALDING, who is going about things her own way. She's got good tone and conservatory training, but so does everyone else these days. More important, she already sounds distinct. Essentially she's a singer, using both her instrument and her voice to similar ends. Her musicality is all integrated: The Esperanza Spalding experience is light, melodic, joyful, always sort of minimalist and airborne.”

- Ben Ratliff, The New York Times

208 Photos

Albums

Emily’s D+Evolution
Emily’s D+Evolution
Concord Music Group
2016
buy
Radio Music Society
Radio Music Society
Heads Up International
2012
buy
[no cover]
Black Gold
Heads Up International
2012
buy
[no cover]
Jazz Ain't Nothin But...
Heads Up International
2012
buy
Esperanza Spalding: Radio Music Society
Esperanza Spalding:...
Heads Up International
2012
buy
[no cover]
Junjo
Heads Up International
2011
buy

Videos

Similar Artists

Jaco Pastorius Jaco Pastorius
bass, electric
Roy Hargrove Roy Hargrove
trumpet
Melody Gardot Melody Gardot
vocalist
Dianne Reeves Dianne Reeves
vocalist
Wayne Shorter Wayne Shorter
saxophone
Michael Brecker Michael Brecker
sax, tenor
Brad Mehldau Brad Mehldau
piano

Access Events in 300 cities!

Find out who's playing when and where with the Jazz Near You app. Available at the App Store and Google Play. Free!

Download the Jazz Near You app