Bassist, vocalist and composer Esperanza Spalding took the jazz world by storm when she released her self-titled CD in 2008. With a potent mix of whimsy, charisma, enthusiasm and unbridled talent, Spalding likes to mix pop, soul, funk and jazz, with a little classical thrown in from time to time just because she can. Her recordings feature guitar grooves, smoldering saxophones and, of course, the heartbeat of her double bass and effortless vocals.
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In 2010 Spalding released Chamber Music Society, which propelled her to a Grammy win as Best New Artist in 2011. Her latest studio album, Radio Music Society, is the focus of today’s concert. Expect to hear tunes that pay homage to the men and women who have inspired and helped nurture her talent, such as jazz guitarist Jef Lee Johnson, soul vocalist Algebra Blessett and hip-hop artist Q-Tip. 8 p.m. House of Blues, 1204 Caroline.
Wed., May 2, 8 p.m., 2012