Hey there family! I just wanted to do a quick post (crazy – two posts in one week – I guess I’m getting into this blogging thing!) about this young woman I just heard about, Esperanza Spalding.
Shout out to my good friend, DJ Moonbaby, who has a weekly radio show, Worry Free Wednesdays on ChurchBeatRadio.com every Wednesday at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. West Coast Time, who educated me about this amazing chica.
Miss Esperanza Spalding plays the upright bass and sings, leading her own jazz group. She is making her mark not just on the jazz world, but taking the style mainstream. She’s multilingual as well – singing in Portuguese and Spanish. We will be hearing A LOT about this lady in the years to come. I’m waiting to see her collaborating with all kinds of musicians from every genre. But right now, she’s making her mark on jazz – that most American of art forms – which is one of the many branches of the roots!
Here she is playing in Copenhagen and midway through this performance, she has some really interesting things to say about why jazz as an art form speaks to her. Check her out!