Esperanza Spalding: Composer, upright and electric bassist, vocalist, perfection.
Words cannot come close to describing how remarkable this woman is. Esperanza was a child prodigy who started her career playing violin with a chamber symphony at the age of 5. A self taught upright and electric bass player with a hauntingly beautiful voice, she became the youngest ever professor at Berkeley. She is such a badass, in 2009 Barack Obama asked for her by name to play for his Nobel Peace Prize concert, and in 2011 won a Grammy for best new artist by beating Justin Bieber so hard, he cried. What is not to love about this woman? And if being a phenomenal, technically proficient, versatile musician somehow wasn’t enough, her beauty is absolutely breathtaking.
P.S. Gig tonight at the Blind Tiger in Greensboro, North Carolina! Show starts at 9.