Ahhh… Esperanza Spalding. Even her name is musical! When I first heard this doe-eyed beauty’s ethereal voice and funky, breezy jazzmatazz rhythms, I was hooked. The 30 year-old jazz bassist, cellist and singer has won three Grammys and wowed audiences with her critically acclaimed “Junjo” (2006), “Esperanza” (2008), “Chamber Music Society” (2010) and “Radio Music Society” (2012).
She has a hauntingly beautiful soprano voice that screams of being classically trained while at the same time having just enough edge to get the attention of lovers of NeoSoul and Hip Hop. If Roberta Flack and Michael Jackson had a baby, it’d be Esperanza!
She’ll be in Birmingham on Wednesday, July 1 at Iron City downtown. Tickets for the 8 p.m. show are $30 in advance and $33 the day of the concert. Get more details here: http://www.ironcitybham.com/event/834199-esperanza-spalding-emily-s-birmingham/
I’ll probably see you there.