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Esperanza Spalding

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Seven collaborative and five solo albums into her career at 31, Esperanza Spalding has always resolutely, intuitively, deftly expanded upon both her art and herself as a world-renowned genre- bending composer, bassist and vocalist. Spalding’s work, grounded in jazz traditions but never bound by them, has won her four Grammy awards and brought her onstage at the Oscars, the Nobel Prize Ceremony, the White House, and with Prince and Herbie Hancock. Not only does she know who she is, we know who she is. Or, rather, we think we do. The elastic self and work of a true artist is always changing; ideas are channeled, shape-shifting becomes necessary

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Terri Lyne Carrington's Latest Project Sets New Standards For Women Composers

Read "Terri Lyne Carrington's Latest Project Sets New Standards For Women Composers" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast presents new releases from Sweet Megg & Ricky Alexander, Celia Berk, Connie Han, trio Daniel Carter, Kelly Green & Luca Soul, a live 2017 concert recording featuring Wayne Shorter, Terri Lyne Carrington, Leo Genovese, Esperanza Spalding, plus Terri Lyne Carrington's groundbreaking New Standards Vol. 1 project highlighting women composers, with birthday shoutouts to Doris ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Releases Plus Birthday Celebrations For Dorothy Fields, Phoebe Snow & More

Read "New Releases Plus Birthday Celebrations For Dorothy Fields, Phoebe Snow & More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast presents new releases from pannist Joy Lapps, a Carla Bley tribute by Steve Cardenas, Ben Allison & Ted Nash, the WJ3 All Stars, saxophonist Jean Fineberg, vocalist Sylvia Brooks plus a single from pianist Lauren Lee, with birthday shoutouts to Mary Osborne, lyricist Dorothy Fields, Phoebe Snow, Gayelynn McKinney, Akua Dixon, Lauren Sevian and ...

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Article: Rising Stars

Meet Laura Simone-Martin

Read "Meet Laura Simone-Martin" reviewed by Sanford Josephson


This article first appeared in Jersey Jazz Magazine. As a fifth grader at Lawrence Intermediate School in Lawrenceville, NJ, Laura Simone-Martin was planning to play the cello. But her mother, Dr. Trineice Robinson-Martin, who teaches Vocal Jazz at Princeton University, showed her a video of bassist Esperanza Spalding performing at the White House. “I ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Matthew Stevens: on collaboration, production, gear and career

Read "Matthew Stevens: on collaboration, production, gear and career" reviewed by Leo Sidran


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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Releases Plus Birthday Celebrations for Charles Mingus, Bessie Smith and More

Read "New Releases Plus Birthday Celebrations for Charles Mingus, Bessie Smith and More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast presents a burst of new releases from saxophonists Jessy J and Bill Kirchner (a 2013 live concert featuring Carol Fredette), vocalists Deanne Matley (her tribute to Oscar Peterson), Mark Winkler and a single from Robin McKelle, pianist Lynne Arriale and the USAF Airmen of Note featuring Diane Schuur, with birthday shoutouts to Charles Mingus, ...

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Article: Live Review

Unhinging and Swinging Mythology at the Opera

Read "Unhinging and Swinging Mythology at the Opera" reviewed by Josef Woodard


Wayne Shorter and Esperanza Spalding Broad Stage Southern California premiere of opera ...(Iphigenia) Santa Monica, CA February 19, 2022 When last I interviewed Wayne Shorter, in his panoramic view-endowed Hollywood Hills home, the ostensible primary subject was his then-new and ambitious three-disc-plus-graphic-novel project, Emanon. But his ever active, creatively restless ...

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Article: Album Review

New York Bass Quartet: Air

Read "Air" reviewed by Pierre Giroux


Bassist Martin Wind is the real deal. Although he may not have the profile enjoyed by some of the bold-faced names in the profession such as Christian McBride, Ron Carter or Esperanza Spalding, he has built his reputation as a skilled, versatile player since emigrating to the US in 1995 to study at the NYU jazz ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Celia Kameni, Esperanza Spalding, Nigel Price, Pastor T.L. Barrett and More New Releases

Read "Celia Kameni, Esperanza Spalding, Nigel Price, Pastor T.L. Barrett and More New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


We're still riding high on the wave of amazing albums released in 2021 as we explore the sonic multiverse of Celia Kameni through four of her many collaborations before diving into the transcendental music of Pastor T.L. Barrett, Yebba, Esperanza Spalding and some interesting jazz & string projects.Happy listening!PlaylistBen Allison “Mondo Jazz ...

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New Releases Plus a Celebration of Jazz Capricorns Sade, Melba Liston and More

Read "New Releases Plus a Celebration of Jazz Capricorns Sade, Melba Liston and More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast presents new releases from Pete Malinverni, Remy Le Boeuf's Assembly of Shadows and the Yellowjackets. In the first hour, songs by Sade and in the second hour a set of tunes honoring composer, arranger trombonist Melba Liston to celebrate their birthdays. Other Capricorn shoutouts include Rachel Z, Chelsea McBride, Christine Tobin, Ingrid Jensen, Andrea ...


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