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Friday, April 22, 2016 Magrudergrind, Yautja, People at The Masquerade …

Esperanza Spalding Talks Curls with Glamour May 2016

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

Esperanza Spalding presents: Emily's D+Evolution at Tilles Center for the Performing Arts

2 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

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 ]

What's going on Thursday?

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…

This Week in Jazz

Harry Bells EP release, Ayman Fanous, The Yellowjackets, Esperanza Spalding, and much more. [ more › ]

The Obamas Are Hosting a Huge International Jazz Day Concert, Featuring Aretha Franklin, Esperanza Spalding and Herbie Hancock

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

Corinne Bailey Rae releasing first new LP in six years (listen to two songs), playing U.S. shows this spring

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…

Esperanza Spalding on Role-Playing Jazz-Rock Opus 'Emily's D+Evolution'

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...

The 44 Best Things To Do This Week

2 months agoUnited States / Seattle : Slog

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

Singing Scripted Delight

2 months agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

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. […]

Review: Esperanza Spalding's Emily's D+Evolution

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

Emily’s D+Evolution

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...

Why Esperanza Spalding's new album, 'Emily's D+Evolution,' deserves a long listen

2 months agoHealth : Booster Shots

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...

Enter to win a pair of tickets to Esperanza Spalding: Emily's D+Evolution Tour at The Showbox!

2 months agoUnited States / Seattle : Slog

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.

The 5 Best Songs We Heard This Week: Mula, So So Glos, Esperanza Spalding

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

"There Are No Flaws in Art": Esperanza Spalding Shares Her D+Evolution

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.

Happy Birthday, Esperanza Spalding!

Grammy-winning jazz artist Esperanza Spalding celebrates her 31st birthday today (Oct. 18). Continue reading…

No classical musicians at Obama’s ‘celebration of American music’

7 months agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

The White House concert was hosted by Carol Burnett and featured performances by Guy, Usher, James Taylor, Queen Latifah, Smokey Robinson, Esperanza Spalding, MC Lyte, Audra McDonald, Trombone Shorty, Keb’ Mo’ and Brian Stokes Mitchell. ‘An eclectic bunch,’ the president called them. Just not eclectic enough. Worse, the event marked the 50th anniversary of the National […]

Atlanta Concerts: Esperanza Spalding, Mint Condition

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI FRIDAY Esperanza Spalding The unconventional Spalding, a Grammy winner in 2011 known for her jazz bass playing, has unveiled a new project that she calls Emily’s D+Evolution (Emily is her middle name). Of the new...

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