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Esperanza Spalding

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Jazz singer and bassist, 4 time Grammy winner



Esperanza Emily Spalding (born October 18, 1984) is an American jazz bassist, cellist and singer, who draws upon many genres in her own compositions. Spalding was raised in Portland, Oregon and was a musical prodigy at an early age, playing violin in the Chamber Music Society of Oregon at age five. She was later both self-taught and trained on multiple instruments, including guitar and bass. Her proficiency earned her scholarships to Portland State University and the Berklee College of Music. She has won four Grammy Awards, including the Grammy Award for Best New Artist at the 53rd Grammy Awards, making her the first jazz artist to win the award. Biography: Early life and early education: Spalding was born in Portland, Oregon, to an African American father and a mother of Welsh, Native American, and Hispanic descent. She was raised in the King neighborhood of Portland, which at that time was majorly affected by gang violence. Her mother raised her and her brother as a single...

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On Jan 28, 2011. 9:42am
Anonymous said

LOVE HER!!!!! Absolutely a talent, beyond her years! More, More More!

On Feb 7, 2012. 7:49am
Cathy said

She is incredible!!!!, Improvisation is unbelievable, I could listen to her for hours.

On Oct 21, 2012. 6:51pm
Dayz_off said

Not many words to describe, clear, absolutely on pitch no matter where in the range, total control, magnificent, beautiful , feeling, dynamic, understated ,delicate,powerful, wonderful, desirable, spot on.

On May 28, 2017. 8:50am
JohnnyRuk said

Esperanza's latest release Emily's D+Evolution is ridiculously good. I mean what a voice and her bass is inspirational. Also, check out the guitarist Mathew Stevens-are you kidding me? Karriem Higgins on drums is explosive. Produced by Tony Visconti, Bowie's ex producer, this album is the best record I've heard for a long time. Wow!!

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