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Happy Birthday Esperanza Spalding

Oct 18 2012

Birthday wishes to Grammy winning singer-bassist Esperanza Spalding who celebrates today (October 18).  Esperanza grew up in Portland, Oregon and began playing the violin when she was five.  She says she was inspired to pursue her interest in music after watching cellist Yo-Yo Ma perform on Mister Rogers' Neighborhood when she was four.  She also played the oboe and clarinet before discovering the bass in high school.  Esperanza studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston where she was encouraged by guitarist Pat Metheny to stick with her musical path.  Her debut album, Junjo, was released in 2006 followed by Esperanza in 2008.  In 2011 she won the Best New Artist award at the 53rd Grammy Awards, making her the first jazz artist to ever win that award.  Esperanza is currently on tour in support of her latest album, Radio Music Society, with her next show scheduled in Atlanta, GA on October 19.

Last changed: Oct 18 2012 at 8:39 AM

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