Bassist, vocalist and composer Esperanza Spalding opened her 2008 Heads Up debut, Esperanza, with a Milton Nascimento cover (“Ponta de Areia”) and she hasn’t looked back.
Soon after its release, Esperanza went straight to the top of Billboard's Contemporary Jazz chart where it remained for over 70 weeks. Spalding was booked on the Late Show with David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel Live, the CBS Saturday Early Show, the Tavis Smiley Show, Austin City Limits, National Public Radio and more. Other highlights included two appearances at the White House, a Banana Republic ad campaign and many high profile tour dates. 2009 was capped by invitations from President Obama to perform at the Nobel Prize Ceremony in Oslo, Norway.
On August 17, Spalding returns with Chamber Music Society. Backed by drummer Terri Lyne Carrington and pianist Leo Genovese – and inspired by the classical training of her younger years – she creates a modern chamber music group that combines the spontaneity and intrigue of improvisation with sweet and angular string trio arrangements. Spalding’s voice soars and provides an angelic counterbalance to her deep bass work. The great Milton Nascimento also makes a guest appearance.
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