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posted Friday, April 20, 2012 - Volume 40 Issue 16
Esperanza Spalding is jazz's red-hot star
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Esperanza Spalding is jazz's red-hot star

by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

Esperanza Spalding April 24 Paramount Theatre

Esperanza Spalding is in high demand. Since winning the Best New Artist award at the 2011 Grammy ceremony, the young singer-composer-multi-instrumentalist finds herself suddenly on everyone's radar. Even the Purple One - more commonly known as Prince - hand-picked her as a supporting act.

Spalding, a native of Portland, Oregon, has also blossomed into a global jazz star, set to perform this summer in Paris, London, Montreal, Amsterdam, and at such famed events as the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Monterey Jazz Festival. She'll open for Anita Baker at the Hollywood Bowl in August, too. This aside from an Academy Awards performance in February and an upcoming month-long U.S. tour, which brings her to Seattle next week.

Speaking via conference call to select media from around the country, Spalding acknowledged that her newfound popularity is keeping her busy and keeping her genre alive. 'I would think all of the publicity or spotlight is a really wonderful thing for the music,' she said. 'It gives us more opportunities to play and be seen and heard. And that means hopefully more people come to the shows or might buy the record so that means we get the support to do what we do.'

To no one's surprise (least of all mine), Esperanza Spalding is extremely bright and articulate. She has a fun, perky, girly voice, but answers questions with full sentences and reaches for words that we might only recall from college English exams. And she speaks fluent Spanish, which came in handy in responding to a pair of journalists representing Hispanic-American publications.

When I asked her directly about the songwriting process, whether the lyrics or music come first and whether it has become easier or more difficult, Spalding replied constructively with, 'Usually melody comes first. Usually I'll be somewhere at the piano or the instrument or on the plane or whatever and, you know, I think of a melody for whatever reason. Sometimes it just comes out of my mouth when I'm not even thinking about it.' She continued, 'The simple answer to the second half of your question is for some reason it seems more difficult now, the last couple of years, maybe like three years. Maybe that's just because of time, though.'

Chamber Music Society, Spalding's breakthrough album released in 2010, and this year's offering, the similarly titled Radio Music Society, were actually conceived as one large piece of work. 'I mean it was sort of based in the pragmatic necessity which is just I have all of this music that I want to share and it doesn't really fit on one album,' she said. 'So when I was looking to planning for the next project there were more songs that I wanted to release than would fit on an album. And little by little, looking at the song, I'm thinking about the arrangement, the two sort of companion projects that originally I thought would be a double album, really sort of revealed - that idea revealed itself to me. Instead of the double album, we'll release Chamber Music Society and then do Radio Music Society.'

Spalding, who teaches occasionally at the Berklee College of Music, certainly understands that jazz music is an art form with deep roots that now straddles two fences: traditional and contemporary. 'You know, if you're a student coming to a big band, you can't just show up and just do whatever you want,' she stated. 'I mean, you have to respect what has been done before you and you study it and you practice it and you cultivate it. If you're not willing to do the work and do the legwork of it, then don't get up on the stand and talk.'

Esperanza Spalding performs April 24 at the Paramount Theatre. Ticket information is available at www.stgpresents.org. To sample her music, visit www.esperanzaspalding.com.

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