TEST Esperanza Spalding

TEST Esperanza Spalding

Esperanza Spalding

Radio Music Society

Saturday, August 25, 8:00pm
at Paramount Theatre

Esperanza Spalding
21st Century Superstar Series: TEST Series  

TEST Esperanza Spalding

Esperanza Spalding

Radio Music Society

Saturday, August 25, 8:00pm
at Paramount Theatre

Esperanza Spalding
21st Century Superstar Series: TEST Series  

Esperanza Spalding

A bandstand-levitating bassist, enchanting singer, savvy composer and charismatic bandleader, Esperanza Spalding is truly a jazz star for the 21st century. With her celebrated triumph at the 2011 Grammy Awards, where she became the first jazz artist ever to win Best New Artist, Spalding is rapidly fulfilling her promise as one of the era’s defining musicians. She followed up last year’s hit album Chamber Music Society with another genre-bending gem, Radio Music Society, a project that binds her love of Brazilian music with threads of gospel, soul, and big band swing. She brings largely the same talent-rich ensemble to the Paramount, with the fiery alto saxophonist Tia Fuller serving as musical director. Born and raised in Portland, Spalding was a precociously curious musician who discovered the upright bass as a teenager, and soon became immersed in blues, funk, hip-hop, jazz and Latin American genres. Since then she’s collaborated with jazz elite including Joe Lovano, Milton Nascimento, Lionel Loueke, Gil Goldstein, Jack DeJohnette and many others. Still just 27, now she’s an international jazz icon. This show is certain to sell out, so get your tickets today!

Artist Personnel

Esperanza Spalding double bass,
   electric bass, lead vocals
Jeff Galindo Musical Director,
   trombone
Tia Fuller alto saxophone
Daniel Blake tenor and
   soprano saxophones
Aaron Burnett tenor saxophone
Igmar Thomas trumpet
Leala Cyr trumpet, backing vocals
Corey King trombone
Jef Lee Johnson electric guitar,
   backing vocals
Leo Genovese piano,
   Fender Rhodes, keyboards
Lyndon Rochelle drums, backing vocals
Chris Turner backing vocals

Artist Website

"Esperanza Spalding has quickly demonstrated that she’s an artist of great beauty, grace, and daring... one of the most exciting on the music scene. " — DownBeat
"There are many gifted singers in jazz today, and no shortage of accomplished acoustic bass players. But few jazz artists can be both. " — NPR
"Spalding has made her mark not just as a virtuoso jazz bassist or an effortlessly nimble singer but as an exotic hybrid of the two. " — The New York Times