Esperanza Spalding

Portland musician Esperanza Spalding moves forward with BIPOC artist sanctuary

Esperanza Spalding won her fifth Grammy this year for best jazz vocal album for Songwrights Apothecary Lab. But since Spalding moved back to her hometown of Portland during the pandemic, she’s been working on a different kind of project: establishing what she calls a sanctuary for BIPOC artists to gather and create. She’s now raised $300,000 to purchase a space in North Portland. We talk with Spalding about her creative vision for this BIPOC artist sanctuary.
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Hark! Here comes a live album from Wayne Shorter, esperanza spalding and Terri Lyne Carrington

A heightened sense of occasion surrounded the closing set of the 2017 Detroit Jazz Festival, under a warm summer sky at an amphitheater along the Detroit River. The festival's artist in residence that year, NEA Jazz Master Wayne Shorter, took the stage with an ensemble of former protégés, each a noted artist in their own right: Terri Lyne Carrington on drums, esperanza spalding on bass and vocals, Leo Genovese on piano.

Daily Life: Esperanza Spalding plays at new East Portland fest

Check back here for daily updates on happenings in the Metro Life entertainment and cultural world.MONDAY, JULY 4 New festival — Portland Parks & Recreation presents the first annual East Portland Summer Arts Festival, 2-8 p.m. July 9-10 at Ventura Park. It's part of PP&R's Summer Free For All. Esperanza Spalding, a Portland native and five-time Grammy Award-winning bassist, singer, songwriter and composer, performs July 10. Aaron Nigel Smith and 1 World Chorus, along with Sora Shodo, also will be featured at the festival. For more: Upcoming events — Some events to consider attending in the next week: A...

Esperanza Spalding Unveils ‘Formwela 12’ From ‘Songwrights Apothecary Lab’

Esperanza spalding has released “Formwela 12,” the latest work from her Songwrights Apothecary Lab. The work is a collaboration with legendary actor, dancer, choreographer, and writer Carmen de Lavallade and the storied Dance Theatre of Harlem. Accompanying the release of the song is a short film directed by...

Esperanza Spalding Wins Best Jazz Vocal Album at 2022 Grammys

Click here to read the full article. In one of the biggest upsets in Grammy history, jazz bassist and vocalist Esperanza Spalding won best new artist at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards on Feb. 13, 2011. She came out on top in a strong field that also included Justin Bieber, Drake, Florence + the Machine and Mumford & Sons. Spalding hasn’t lost her winning touch. At the 64th Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday (April 3), she won her fifth career Grammy – best jazz vocal album for her eighth studio album, Songwrights Apothecary Lab. Spalding has won more Grammys than any of...