Esperanza Spalding

Esperanza Spalding

  • Esperanza Spalding - DETROIT, MI - NOVEMBER 02: Esperanza Spalding performs at Orchestra Hall on November 2, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan.
  • Esperanza Spalding - DETROIT, MI - NOVEMBER 02: Esperanza Spalding performs at Orchestra Hall on November 2, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan.
  • Esperanza Spalding - DETROIT, MI - NOVEMBER 02: Esperanza Spalding performs at Orchestra Hall on November 2, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan.
  • Esperanza Spalding - DETROIT, MI - NOVEMBER 02: Esperanza Spalding performs at Orchestra Hall on November 2, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan.
  • Esperanza Spalding - NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 21:  Esperanza Spalding, Maxine Bedat, Soraya Darabi and Wanjira Mathai attend day 2 of the 4th Annual WIE Symposium at Center 548 on September 21, 2013 in New York City.
  • Esperanza Spalding - NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 20:  Kristy Caylor, Esperanza Spalding and Ghislaine Maxwell attend day 1 of the 4th Annual WIE Symposium at Center 548 on September 20, 2013 in New York City.
  • Esperanza Spalding - US jazz bassist and singer Esperanza Spalding performs on stage at the Nice Jazz Festival on July 12, 2013 in Nice, southeastern France.
  • Esperanza Spalding - ISTANBUL, TURKEY - APRIL 30:  Esperanza Spalding (C) performs at  the All-Star Concert as part of the International Jazz Day at Hagia Irene Museum on April 30, 2013 in Istanbul, Turkey.
  • Esperanza Spalding - ISTANBUL, TURKEY - APRIL 30:  Herbie Hancock (Piano), Wayne Shorter (Saxophone) Milton Nascimento (C, Guitar) and Esperanza Spalding (R, Bass)perform at  the All-Star Concert as part of the International Jazz Day at Hagia Irene Museum on April 30, 2013 in Istanbul, Turkey.
  • Esperanza Spalding - Nominee for Best Jazz Vocal Album Esperanza Spalding arrives on the red carpet at the Staples Center for the 55th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California, February 10, 2013.
  • Esperanza Spalding - LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10:  Musician Esperanza Spalding arrives at the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.
  • Esperanza Spalding - LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10:  Musician Esperanza Spalding accepts Best Jazz Vocal Album for 'Radio Music Society' onstage at the The 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.
  • Esperanza Spalding - Esperanza Spalding receives her Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Album at the stage of the Staples Center during the pre-telecast of the 55th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California, February 10, 2013.
  • Esperanza Spalding - LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10:  Musician Esperanza Spalding accepts the Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist Award for 'City Of Roses' onstage at the The 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.
  • Esperanza Spalding - NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 13:  (L - R) Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Terri Lyne Carrington, Esperanza Spalding and Corinne Bailey Rae attend 'An Intimate Night of Jazz' hosted by The David Lynch Foundation at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center on December 13, 2012 in New York City.
  • Esperanza Spalding - NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 13:  Esperanza Spalding attends 'An Intimate Night of Jazz' hosted by The David Lynch Foundation at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center on December 13, 2012 in New York City.
  • Esperanza Spalding - WASHINGTON - NOVEMBER 28: Jazz musician Esperanza Spalding performs after receiving Smithsonian Magazine's first annual American Ingenuity Award for performing arts on November 28, 2012 in Washington, DC. The awards honor nine groundbreaking individuals in technology, performing and visual arts, natural and physical sciences, education, historical scholarship, social progress, and youth achievement.
  • Esperanza Spalding - US bass player Esperanza Spalding performs at the North Sea Jazz Festival, in Rotterdam, on July 7, 2012.
  • Esperanza Spalding - NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 07: Megan DiCiurcio, Todd DiCiurcio, Esperanza Spalding, James Cavello and Margarite Almeida attend Todd DiCiurcio Opening Exhibition at Westwood Gallery on June 7, 2012 in New York City.
  • Esperanza Spalding - NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 07: Todd DiCiurcio and Esperanza Spalding attend Todd DiCiurcio Opening Exhibition at Westwood Gallery on June 7, 2012 in New York City.
Hailed as a prodigy on the acoustic double bass within months of first touching the instrument as a 15-year-old, Esperanza Spalding has emerged as a fine jazz bassist, but has also distinguished herself playing blues, funk, hip-hop, pop fusion, and Brazilian and Afro-Cuban styles as well. Born in Portland, OR in 1984, Spalding was not well served by the public school system and soon dropped out of ...more


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