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Esperanza Spalding

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Esperanza Spalding artist page: interviews, features and/or performances archived at NPR Music

Concerts

Chick Corea (keyboard) joined the SFJAZZ Collective for the closing performance, an arrangement of his piece "Spain."

May 2, 2013 Joe Lovano, Chick Corea, Esperanza Spalding and more take the glimmering venue on its maiden voyage.

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Tom Harrell at the Village Vanguard.

March 27, 2013 The jazz trumpeter, 66, is as busy as ever. Here, he presents new music for a piano-less band.

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Geri Allen (left) and Esperanza Spalding perform together at the Mary Lou Williams Festival in 2010.

September 8, 2011 Hear Geri Allen, Esperanza Spalding, Terri Lyne Carrington, Grace Kelly and Dee Dee Bridgewater.

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Grammy winner Esperanza Spalding performs at the Village Vanguard with the Joe Lovano Us Five, just a month before her Best New Artist win.

February 17, 2011 Hear Greg Osby and Joe Lovano's Us Five in concert, featuring Grammy winner Esperanza Spalding.

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Joe Lovano.

January 12, 2011 The monster tenorman and his two-drummer band play Charlie Parker's music at the jazz institution.

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Rudresh Mahanthappa's Indo-Pak Coalition

March 18, 2010 The sky was bright last August in Newport, R.I. — but this week's artists are glowing young stars.

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Dave Brubeck is the most-featured artist of all time at the Newport Jazz Festival.

August 11, 2009 Last weekend's festival packed in a dizzying array of talent, all performing in just 32 hours.

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August 14, 2008 JazzSet presents sets from two young women who represent the future of jazz.

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August 10, 2008 The Newport impresario picked a highly diverse crop of musicians for a rousing set of classic swing.

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Studio Sessions

Esperanza Spalding.

April 19, 2013 The bassist and singer brings her grooving bass lines and neo-soul vocals to Piano Jazz.

Esperanza Spalding performs live for opbmusic.

February 23, 2013 Watch Spalding and the Pacific Crest Jazz Orchestra perform a song inspired by Portland, Ore.

Esperanza Spalding performs for "Morning Becomes Eclectic."

June 6, 2012 Watch Spalding and her brass band perform "Smile Like That" from her new album, Radio Music Society.

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August 20, 2010 Hear Spalding perform a musical interpretation of a William Blake poem in NPR's Studio 4A.

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March 11, 2010 Giving her band the afternoon off, Spalding plays solo versions of jazz standards at KPLU.

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Interviews & Profiles

Grammy Award-winner Esperanza Spalding in her video 'We Are America."

November 22, 2013 The Grammy-winning musician tells NPR why she felt compelled to speak up about the detention center.

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Esperanza Spalding's new album, Radio Music Society, comes out March 20.

March 18, 2012 The Grammy winner explores the link between jazz and African-American identity on a new album.

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May 15, 2008 The 23-year-old's new album combines her soaring vocals with the low-end thump of her double bass.

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Discover Songs

Esperanza Spalding

August 8, 2010 Bolstered by a small string section, the bassist and singer's new album is both intimate and bright.

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Esperanza Spalding's new album, Radio Music Society, comes out March 20.

March 11, 2012 Wherein a virtuoso singing bassist explores the many mysteries of the "pop song," with scare quotes.

Roots Picnic 2011.

June 3, 2011 The Roots, Nas, Esperanza Spalding, and Wiz Khalifa performed for thousands in Philadelphia.

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February 14, 2011 How could a jazz bassist possibly win the Grammy for Best New Artist in 2011?

Esperanza Spalding performs a Tiny Desk Concert at the NPR Music offices.

February 12, 2011 The jazz bassist, singer and Best New Artist Grammy winner performs in the NPR Music offices.

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Esperanza Spalding album cover

December 1, 2010 The list of our 50 favorite albums of the year includes Sufjan Stevens and more artists from S to Z.

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