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Esperanza Spalding Sets ‘Emily’s D+Evolution’ for March 4

Esperanza Spalding’s new project, Emily’s D+Evolution, set for release March 4 on Concord Records, is a fresh artistic vision for the four-time Grammy winner, a daring tapestry of music, vibrant imagery, performance art and stage design. Co-produced by Esperanza and Tony Visconti, the album is an electrifying take on the power trio adorned with backing

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Liberation Music: Esperanza Spalding Swings for Freedom in All-Star Benefit

A handful of the world’s greatest musicians are as famous for their causes as they are their music: Stevie Wonder spearheaded the drive to make Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday a national holiday. U2’s Bono is the pointman for African-related issues. Now, the Grammy award-winning bassist/composer/vocalist Esperanza Spalding lends her jazzy, Midas touch toward the

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[INTERVIEW] Give the Drummer Some! Jack DeJohnette Keeps Banging

For the past five decades, Chicago-born/New York-based drummer/pianist Jack DeJohnette has worked with heavyweights like Charles Lloyd, Bill Evans, Keith Jarrett, and Miles Davis, and lead of his own daring and diverse ensembles. 2012 is DeJohnette’s most significant year to date: He received a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master Fellowship Award, played on


THIS DAY IN FASHION:’s Out of this World Ensemble attended “Innovation Night” at the Royal College of Art in London yesterday in yet another quirky outfit reminiscent of a space suit. Could he be dubbed the male Nicki Minaj of fashion? We’d say he’s a strong contender. Another Will made a fashionable appearance in LA as actor extraordinaire Will Smith promoted his upcoming

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Go. See. Do!

WE KNOW YOU WOULD rather be outside riding your bike or mountain climbing or swimming at the beach. But until that perfect 80-degree, zero humidity, slightly breezy, lazy day comes about, we have other ideas about how you could spend your time. We’ve taken all the guesswork out of what to do in the coming

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Rebirth of Slick: Jazz Returns to Black Popular Music

April is Jazz Appreciation Month. So it’s an appropriate time to showcase four, twenty first century musicians who are taking jazz to the next level. Esperanza Spalding , the twenty seven year-old, Portland-born bassist/vocalist with the Angela Davis-style afro, who shocked the world with her 2010 Grammy award for Best New Artist; the Brooklyn-based velvet-tinged

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