Esperanza Spalding

Esperanza Spalding

If "esperanza" is the Spanish word for hope, then bassist, vocalist and composer Esperanza Spalding could not have been given a more fitting name at birth. Blessed with uncanny instrumental chops, a multi-lingual voice that is part angel and part siren, and a natural beauty that borders on the hypnotic, she might well be the hope for the future of jazz and instrumental music.

Spalding was born in 1984 and raised on what she calls "the other side of the tracks" in a multi-lingual household and neighborhood in Portland, Oregon. Growing up in a... more