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Genre: Jazz, World Music

Website: http://esperanzaspalding.com


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Born in 1984 Esperanza Spalding, bassist, singer and composer, began playing in small jazz and blues venues around her hometown of Portland, Oregon. Soon she joined "Noise For Pretend," an eclectic jazz and pop fusion band for which she sang and played bass. The group signed with Hush Records, which released two albums of their original compositions. Spalding continued to branch out, playing with the jazz groups as well as leading her own septet, trio. In 2002 she joined the hip-hop group Black Science Tribe, which gained a sizable following touring along the West Coast.

Since moving to the East Coast, she regularly works as a freelance bassist, and singer locally and internationally. Spalding has worked with such notable artists as Michel Camilo, Dave Samuels, Mark Walker, Byron Stripling, Regina Carter, The Boston Pops Orchestra, Pat Matheny, Bill Stewart, Teri-Lynn Carrington, Adam Rogers, Seamus Blake, Patti Austin, and performed solo singing and playing as the opening act for Bill Cosby. Spalding has toured with Joe Lovano, performing music from his Grammy award winning album "All for You", and Patti Austin playing music from Austin's Grammy nominated album "For Ella". The "for Ella" tour, which again launched in 2004 included performances in New York's Prestigious Lincoln Center, and the Lugano Jazz Festival in Switzerland. She has also toured with Concord recording artists, pianist Talyor Eigsti and trumpeter Christian Scott .

Soon Spalding will be releasing a new album on the Barcelona based jazz label Ayva Music, with pianist Aruan Ortiz, and drummer Francisco Mela. She is the 2005 recipient of the prestigious Boston Jazz Society scholarship for outstanding musicianship. Spalding holds a B.M. from Berklee College of Music where she currently teaches. Esperanza recently became a new artist for the management company Montuno. Her quintet and trio tour monthly in Brazil, Europ, and the United States. To check current venue and festival appearances, view her itinerary.