• Esperanza Who? WBGO listeners know!

    February 17, 2011. Posted by Brandy Wood.

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    Who is Esperanza Spalding? It’s a question that many were asking themselves Sunday night after the Grammy© award for Best New Artist went to a jazz artist.  (The last time a performer won Best New Artist for their performance of jazz was in 1959 when Bobby Darin sang "Mack the Knife.")

    Esperanza at the Salle de Gesu
    Esperanza at the Salle de Gesu

    WBGO listeners have had an opportunity to answer that question thanks to the many interactions WBGO has provided with the talented 26-year-old bass player.

    From presenting her at J&R Music Fest in 2008, to partnering on her SummerStage concert in 2009, to recording her at the Women in Jazz Festival in 2010 with Dee Dee Bridgewater, Geri Allen, Grace Kelly and Teri Lynne Carrington (which will air on JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater on March 6, 2011 at 6pm), WBGO listeners have had opportunities that many others have not to experience this artist.

    Take a look back at the WBGO blog and you can see that over the years, WBGO has been bringing listeners the latest on many new jazz artists. Here is a sample of posts from the last three years which include interviews, performances and photos of Esperanza.  Enjoy!

    Esperanza performing at IAJE Conference in Toronto, January 2008
    Esperanza performing at J&R Music Fest, Summer 2008
    photo of Esperanza at Central Park SummerStage, June 2009
    Esperanza performing at Salle de Gesu, July 2009
    Esperanza playing bass with Joe Lovano Us 5 at the Newport Jazz Festival, August 2009
    Report on Women in Jazz Festival (Esperanza on bass with all star group), May 2010
    Esperanza's playlist on The Checkout, September 2010

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