Kate McGarry and Esperanza Spalding @ Sculler's
Dee Dee Bridgewater hosts two sets from Sculler's Jazz Club in Boston. Since 1989, Sculler's has been home to top-rated and up-and-coming artists. We're here for two remarkable women who are already up-and-running -- both bright sparks for the future of jazz.
Kate McGarry's vocals are supple, finely-nuanced and full of blues inflections, and her breezy, daring improvisations are in the best jazz tradition. Kate's view is broader than just jazz and she writes engaging songs of her own.
McGarry, one of ten children in an Irish family, grew up singing in Hyannis, Massachusetts. At University of Massachusetts in Amherst, she studied with saxophonist Archie Shepp and the specialist on sacred African music, Horace Boyer. Then, she worked in Los Angeles and put out her first CD, Easy to Love. She moved to New York City in 1999, after a couple of years studying and teaching music at an ashram. Her second CD, Show Me, caught the ear of Palmetto Records. They selected it in 2003 to be the label's first vocal album. Pianist and composer Fred Hersch included her in score for Leaves of Grass, by American poet Walt Whitman, for which she got very good reviews. She is part of Luciana Souza's enterprising new Brazilian vocal group Moss, and the Jazz Drama Program in New York, presenting a series of plays for children called "The Different Moods of the Blues," and musicals for young adults.
Bassist and singer Esperenza Spalding, originally from Portland, Oregon, is just 22 years old. She was mostly home-schooled as a child, and was unhappy when she entered high school. But it was there that she picked up a bass, and it gave her life direction. She did some touring and recording with Northwest pop and hip-hop bands. A full scholarship plus travel money raised by friends brought her Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. She now teaches there.
In 2005, she won the Boston Jazz Society scholarship for outstanding musicianship. She was in Joe Lovano's band on JazzSet in October 2006. Esperanza's CD, Junjo, is on the Spanish label Ayva Music.
Esperanza's spoken introductions to her songs pose "big questions," and her wordless and free-flowing vocals address them. Her originality gives her fire.
Keith Ganz and Steve Cardenas, guitars
Sean Smith, bass
Stefan Schatz, drums
Esperanza Spalding, vocal and bass
Christian Scott on trumpet
Mike Tucker on tenor saxophone
Leo Genevese on piano
Lyndon Rochelle on drums
Lars Edegran, piano
"But Not for Me" (Cole Porter)
"Flor de Lis" (Djavan, English lyric by Regina Wernech)
"Stars" (Fred Hersch, lyric by Norma Winstone)
"Going In" (McGarry)
"Devil May Care" (Bob Dorough)
"Mr. Lawrence" (instrumental)
"Life is a Ripple"
"I Adore Him" (excerpt)
Kate McGarry's Site
Esperanza Spalding's Site
Sculler's in Boston
Thanks to Fred Taylor, Dayna Santurri and everyone at Scullers.
Field Producer Steve Schwartz and recording engineer Alan Mattes of WGBH Radio Boston.
Scriptwriter Jill McManus.
Our technical director is Duke Markos, Dee Dee Bridgewater's recording engineer is Ginger Bruner at KUNV in Las Vegas.
Producer is Becca Pulliam, Executive Producer Thurston Briscoe III at WBGO in Newark, New Jersey.
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