Esperanza Spalding On Piano Jazz

Apr 20, 2013
Originally published on October 21, 2016 10:58 am

Bassist Esperanza Spalding is one of the most talked-about artists in jazz today. She scored a surprise win for Best New Artist at the 2011 Grammy Awards and went on to win two additional Grammys.

On this episode of Piano Jazz from 2008, Spalding brings her neo-soul style to a set of standards with the aid of pianist Leo Genovese. Marian McPartland's piano provides a perfect accompaniment to Spalding's bass and vocals in Duke Ellington's "Prelude To A Kiss."

Originally broadcast in the spring of 2008.

Set List

  • "Jazz Ain't Nothin' But Soul" (Mapp)
  • "Midnight Sun" (Hampton, Mercer, Burke)
  • "Just Friends" (Klenner, Lewis)
  • "Portrait Of Esperanza" (McPartland)
  • "Body And Soul" (Green, Heyman, Sour)
  • "Clothed Woman" (Ellington)
  • "Blue Ink" (Genovese)
  • "Look No Further" (Rodgers)
  • "Prelude To A Kiss" (Ellington, Gordon, Mills)

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