Last year, Ray Ban's Never Hide Film series featured a film called Color Guard, which was scored by Kamasi Washington. The latest in the series is called Gaze, which stars and features new original songs from Esperanza Spalding. It's directed by Allie Avital (who has helmed music videos by Chairlift and Hundred Waters) and is produced by Yours Truly. Show More Summary
During the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards ceremony in 2011, jazz bassist Esperanza Spalding was awarded Best New Artist, a trophy assumed earmarked for Justin Bieber (who else?), and the scandal that ensued changed the recording industry forever.
A star-studded Prince memorial service took place last night in Los Angeles, Billboard reports. Participants included Spike Lee, Nile Rodgers, Mavis Staples, Janelle Monáe, and Esperanza Spalding. Prince's ex-wives Manuela Testolini and Mayte Garcia reportedly organized the event, held at Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Show More Summary
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Classically trained jazz singer and bassist Esperanza Spalding has been rocking her curls everywhere from the Grammy Awards to the White House — and her embrace of her hair’s natural texture is the ultimate beauty inspiration. Featured...Show More Summary
The jazz singer put down her bass to talk beauty and self-esteem with us.
Esperanza Spalding presents: Emily's D+Evolution Tilles Center for the Performing Arts Brookville, NY April 10, 2016 Esperanza Spalding doesn't want anybody to fence her in. She's never said it so bluntly, but she doesn't have to: Her music says it for her. During a seventy-five minute staging of Em... [ read more ]
It continues to be stacked week for shows in (and around) NYC. Tonight there's Iggy Pop, Ween, Melvins/Napalm Death/Melt-Banana, CoC, Tim Hecker/Prurient, Kyp Malone, Future Punx/Pujol/Nude Beach, Japanese Breakfast, Esperanza Spalding and still more! Continue reading…
Harry Bells EP release, Ayman Fanous, The Yellowjackets, Esperanza Spalding, and much more. [ more › ]
The Obamas are coming to ABC. Unfortunately, that does not mean that they’re getting their own family sitcom or reality show, but it does mean that they’re getting a one-hour primetime special for their just-announced White House International Jazz Day 2016 concert/festivities. …Read More
New album The Heart Speaks In Whispers features KING and Esperanza Spalding; tour dates include NYC shows at Mercury Lounge and National Sawdust. Continue reading…
A surprise "Best New Artist" Grammy win made jazz instrumentalist Esperanza Spalding break into mainstream consciousness, but the bassist singer-songwriter has always been ducking expectations. Her albums swing from the string arrangements of 2010's Chamber Music Society to the contemporary-pop moves of 2012's Q-Tip-assisted Radio Music Society. She'll back up...
by Stranger Things To Do Staff Jazz prodigy Esperanza Spalding, who has won three Grammys, performed a handful of times for the president, and opened for Prince, comes to Seattle this week. This week, our arts critics have recommended the best events in every genre—from a mock Trump vs. Show More Summary
Esperanza Spalding “Unconditional Love” The main melody of “Unconditional Love” is so gorgeous and graceful that it’s hard to imagine that it was actually written, and didn’t just always exist somehow. Esperanza Spalding’s vocal is like this very elegant curved line that gently curls up to lovely high notes at the top of her range. […]
THIS IS AN ALBUM OF FIRSTS for Esperanza Spalding. Emily’s D+Evolution is her first album of almost all original compositions (the only cover here is “I Want It Now”, from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory) and her first album on which she has embraced a heavier, often guitar based sound. As a... Continue reading
Talented jazz musician Esperanza Spalding is best known for snatching the Best New Artist Grammy from the clutches of a young Justin Bieber back in 2012. That year's experiment, Radio Music Society, transmuted the textures of neo-soul through tricky changes and unlikely arrangements – avant-garde, yes, but ultimately as welcoming...
Who is Esperanza Spalding? That was the question that rattled around Google after she dared to beat out Justin Bieber in 2011 as the surprise winner of the Grammy Award for new artist. She was, at that point at least, a 26-year-old jazz bassist, vocalist and composer with a number of vibrant releases...
Entries accepted until 3pm (PT) on Monday, March 7th Five lucky winners will each receive a pair of tickets to see Esperanza Spalding: Emily's D+Evolution Tour at The Showbox on Thursday, March 10th. Enter HERE.
We spent a lot of time thinking about black music this week, especially the ways in which it is consumed, critiqued, celebrated, and even litigated. But it wasn’t all that serious — we still found time for some fun. …Read More
Esperanza Spalding embraces her alter ego and moves beyond her jazz roots with 'Emily’s D+Evolution.' She sat down with us to talk about art and making changes.