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06.12.08 10:29 AM

Esperanza Spalding Is (So) Dope

Video: Esparenza Spalding on David Letterman June 4

She's now been on both David Letterman and Jimmy Kimmel. Ever since I heard about her, I've been rotating her tunes. She reminds me of some of my favorite jazz vocalists like Nnenna Freelon and Vanessa Rubin, but at the same time she has an updated young, hip sound -- and besides, she can play the upright bass (a double one even). And she entered Berklee College of Music, at a very young age.

This is what Berklee wrote about her in 2004:

"Esperanza Spalding was 15 years old when she entered the world of the working musician at a Portland, Oregon, blues club, armed with a single bass line."
"With all those gigs and a full-time job, going to Berklee was the last thing on her mind. Esperanza never much liked school, anyway. She was home-schooled for most of her childhood. Then at 14, she earned a scholarship to a prestigious high school."

Her music has revived my interest in jazz music and jazz musicians. I haven't been this impressed with an artist in quite some time. Her voice is simply mellifluous, and her jazz musicianship is well beyond her years.

Esperanza Spalding on MySpace

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