She's setting an extreme example for young women in music. Facebook; Sign Out. (When I saw the show, I couldn't help checking out Questlove seated at the end of my aisle, his head bobbing to Spalding's \"I Know You Know.\") Radio Music Society featured a guest appearance by Lalah Hathaway; Q-Tip produced a pair of its tracks. Like keyboards, the bass provides accompaniment. Copyright 2021 NPR. Grammy Award-winning American singer-bassist Esperanza Spalding’s latest album is a gold mine for Jazz aficionados. In August 2010, Spalding returned with Chamber Music Society, a more stylistically expansive production that found her straddling the line between contemporary modern jazz, R&B, and Brazilian traditions. Pop fans of a certain age may only remember Esperanza Spaldingas a spoiler, the interloper who once robbed an obsessively worshiped teen idol of his Grammy. 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Spalding, then 26 years old and little-known outside jazz circles, had been nominated in the coveted best new artist category alongside Drake, Mumford & Sons, Florence + the Machine and Justin Bieber, the obvious favorite that night. Discover what happened on this day. Esperanza Spalding is a famous American singer-songwriter and bassist, who was born on October 18, 1984.As a person born on this date, Esperanza Spalding is listed in our database as the 34th most popular celebrity for the day (October 18) and the 150th most popular for the year (1984). But the upset was less shocking for the vitriol of spurned Beliebers— of which there was plenty — than as the first and only time the award has been given to someone who self-identifies as jazz artist. That Spalding can sing with power and spirit while refusing to operate from a place of emotional want represents an enormous psychic shift within jazz, bringing the music in line with contemporary women's values. But the upset was less shocking for the vitriol of spurned Beliebers— of which there was plenty — than as the first and only time the award has been given to someone who self-identifies as jazz artist. And she puts it all together in a way that's commercially appealing. Similarly, in 2014, Spalding was featured on vocalist Dianne Reeves' Beautiful Life and pianist Billy Childs' Map to the Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro. As always, women forge new pathways in sound; today, they also make waves under the surface of culture by confronting, in their music, the increased fluidity of "woman" itself. This year, Turning the Tables considers how women and non-binary artists are shaping music in our moment, from the pop mainstream to the sinecures of jazz and contemporary classical music. New Delhi -°C. These artists clearly acknowledge Spalding as a talented peer. “With bats you have to make sure they’re upside down so they don’t aspirate. 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There's loads, and downloads, of great music these days. It is the foundation of any band: its rhythmic and harmonic center of gravity, its anchor. You might remember her name from a story we did on the twenty-five year old musician last April. Subsequently, she spent much of her childhood being home-schooled. The 25 arguments writers make in these pieces challenge the usual definitions of influence. ""If we go back in the music's history," explains Carrington, who is well-versed in women's struggles in jazz, "there are very few people who are accomplished in all of the areas that Esperanza is. Kate Brown has prioritized education workers ahead of Oregonians over the age of 65. Their Zodiac sign is ♎ Libra. During the press party for Chamber Music Society, I remember overhearing one critic complain to another, \"Well, she's no Paul Chambers,\" referring to the muscular Detroit bassist on some of Miles Davis' most famous albums. To claim the bass is to take on a role and occupy a register, one where we may have been blind to women's absence (such that it's easier to accept Meghan Trainor or Nicki Minaj adopting "bass" as a sexual innuendo than to envision a woman commanding the instrument).When we see Esperanza Spalding playing her instrument as she sings, in front of her own band, in the context of the new musical worlds she has created, we bear witness to a woman who is so completely in control of her own context that she dwells at the foundation on which it stands. Made visible, hers is leadership that cannot be denied. At the same time, she's also shown her capacity to operate irrespective of its borders, an unusual achievement irrespective of her gender. It's a timeless question on the surface, but one deeply engaged with whatever historical moment in which it is asked. It’s not enough to make list after list. Here, Esperanza Spalding performs “Little Fly” from her album “Chamber Music Society,” released last August. Her self-described "f*** it, whatever" attitude, the result of having already faced down a lifetime of low expectations, has served her well.At the beginning of her career, Spalding recently told me by phone, she was considered "a hot — hey, I'm still hot — brown lady of indeterminate ethnicity. This year, Turning the Tables considers how women and non-binary artists are shaping music in our moment, from the pop mainstream to the sinecures of jazz and contemporary classical music. Spalding doesn't sing torch songs and rarely writes of romance. She's a virtuosic bass player. In 2006, Spalding released her solo debut, Junjo, on the Barcelona-based Ayva imprint. It can't be abandoned for the microphone or dismissed as an accessory. Drummer, composer and producer Terri Lyne Carrington, who first met Spalding during those early Berklee years, prefers a different term: "I call her a genius every chance I get. She has remained a forward-thinking and maverick artist, issuing recordings like 2012's Grammy-winning Radio Music Society and 2016's concept album Emily's D+Evolution, which found her moving far afield of jazz into art rock, R&B, Afro-Latin styles, neo-prog, and experimental pop. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org. In jazz's time-honored apprentice system, \"sidemen\" ready themselves by playing in the bands of more seasoned leaders, ranks that women can still find challenging to enter. Today in New Delhi, India. Esperanza Spalding. … But unlike these instruments, the bass is not optional. Esperanza Spalding was born in 1980s. "That really ticks me off," Carrington responds, knowing there's no way to compete with dead legends. She also began playing locally, and studying privately with noted Portland jazz artists Ron Steen, Thara Memory, Darrell Grant, and others. Their most notable profession was Musician, composer, educator, bandleader. That was the message at a recent Harvard T.H. He did not sound like a butterfly. "},"display_date":"2021-01-23T23:06:19.361Z","headlines":{"basic":"UK variant COVID-19"},"promo_items":{"basic":{"caption":"Nurse Elizabeth Vadnais administers the COVID-19 vaccine to fellow nurse Ashlynn Strode of Providence Southwest Washington. This series of essays takes on another task.THANKS TO OUR SPONSOR:Become a SponsorThe 25 arguments writers make in these pieces challenge the usual definitions of influence. Her accolades include four Grammy Awards, a Boston Music Award, and a Soul Train Music Award. Conceived as a companion piece to Chamber Music Society, the set featured drummer Terri Lyne Carrington and pianist Leo Genovese, with assistance from longtime collaborator saxophonist Joe Lovano and numerous guests, including drummers Jack DeJohnette and Billy Hart, guitarists Jef Lee Johnson and Lionel Loueke, hip-hop producer and DJ Q-Tip, and a slew of vocalists, Parlato and Lalah Hathaway among them. "THANKS TO OUR SPONSOR:Become a SponsorIf Spalding assembled her musician's toolkit by mastering classical music, jazz and its Afro-Latin counterparts, she came into her own by threading those influences through the R&B she heard on the radio when she was a kid: Sam Cooke; Smokey Robinson; Earth, Wind & Fire. At the same time, she's also shown her capacity to operate irrespective of its borders, an unusual achievement irrespective of her gender.She didn't exactly come out of nowhere. Her nationality is American. \"Judas\" wows with epic, rangey harmonies linked together by a recurrent, loping bass line. Although Spalding has performed, and continues to, in groups such as beloved saxophonist Joe Lovano's Us Five, she has leapfrogged through the expected dues-paying to make her own music. Pop fans of a certain age may only remember Esperanza Spalding as a spoiler, the interloper who once robbed an obsessively worshiped teen idol of his Grammy. "},"display_date":"2021-01-23T02:17:39.613Z","headlines":{"basic":"Redmond, Lake Oswego schools "},"promo_items":{"basic":{"caption":"Students at the Redmond Early Learning Center in 2019. "},{"_id":"AHPAJ4AT2VDUBJ62MHERDTMFTU","type":"text","additional_properties":{"comments":[],"_id":1610482795769,"inline_comments":[]},"content":"It's tempting to think of Spalding as a prodigy. 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Three more have followed since then: Radio Music Society (2012), a collection of hummable, danceable, radio-friendly tunes that won a Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Album; Emily's D+Evolution (2016), an Afrofuturistic landscape of complex, groove-oriented compositions; and the unprecedented Exposure (2017), created in just 77 hours while streamed on Facebook Live.It's tempting to think of Spalding as a prodigy. She excelled at the instrument and joined the Chamber Music Society of Oregon. "Bringing a more feminine aesthetic into the music is mandatory at this point. Photo Illustration: A163/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images and Angela Hsieh/NPR. Like guitar, it can take pyrotechnic solos. OPB's critical reporting is made possible by the power of member support. There was a novelty that drew people to me as an entity before the merit of my work could make a place for itself. It's both absurd and completely predictable that Spalding's unconventional excellence would be threatening to those who would uphold the status quo through the bass. Esperanza Spalding beat out Justin Bieber as Grammy's best new artist. Here’s what you need to know. At the same time, she's also shown her capacity to operate irrespective of its borders, an unusual achievement irrespective of her gender. At times, they've grumbled that her music is too immature or too accessible (read: too playful and too joyful), a stance so predictable that it says more about the intractability of critics than the music. By the time of her Grammy nomination, she'd already recorded three albums: Junjo (2006), an offering of breezy originals and standards; Esperanza (2008), a garland of Afro-Latin and Brazilian influences; and Chamber Music Society (2010), a well-tailored concert program featuring strings. 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Esperanza Spalding knows jazz is a craggy mountain. To claim the bass is to take on a role and occupy a register, one where we may have been blind to women's absence (such that it's easier to accept Meghan Trainor or Nicki Minaj adopting \"bass\" as a sexual innuendo than to envision a woman commanding the instrument). She followed that up in 2019 with another deeply artful concept album, the Grammy-nominated Twelve Little Spells, which featured 12 songs each explicitly inspired by 12 separate parts of the body. She is a celebrity Singer, Teacher, Musician, Composer, Bassist. "},{"_id":"5P47JQMJPJCF3NVPNOKXBHAEMA","type":"text","additional_properties":{"comments":[],"_id":1610482795779,"inline_comments":[]},"content":"But the ways in which Spalding's music are truly the most radical are perhaps the most easily overlooked: how her approach to singing and the substance of her playing challenge gender norms across styles. Her voice is capable of acrobatics. A favorite of the Obamas, Spalding performed "Overjoyed" at the White House in tribute to Stevie Wonder in 2009, sparking a relationship between the two artists. "Judas" wows with epic, rangey harmonies linked together by a recurrent, loping bass line. This series of essays takes on another task. "},{"_id":"5LHAZE6YAVGEXMBVP7YTB4QC7A","type":"text","additional_properties":{"comments":[],"_id":1610482795786,"inline_comments":[]},"content":"When we see Esperanza Spalding playing her instrument as she sings, in front of her own band, in the context of the new musical worlds she has created, we bear witness to a woman who is so completely in control of her own context that she dwells at the foundation on which it stands. There's something particularly powerful about seeing a woman succeed — and succeed wildly, popularly — on the instrument. Our list of the 200 Greatest Songs By Women+ offers a soundtrack to a new century. 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