Esperanza Spalding Jazz Genius?

Esperanza Spalding The 21st Century’s Jazz Genius?

In a well-written article for National Public Radio’s  Lara Pellagrinelli makes the case for why Esperanza Spalding Is The 21st Century’s Jazz Genius.

“Spalding has undeniably made her mark within that male-dominated, musically conservative field. At the same time, she’s also shown her capacity to operate irrespective of its borders, an unusual achievement irrespective of her gender.

She didn’t exactly come out of nowhere. A native of Portland, Ore., Spalding played classical violin as a child and gigged in an indie band on bass as a teenager. She graduated from the Berklee College of Music in only three years, becoming,…”

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From Emily’s D+Evolution

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Branford Marsalis Lights Up The Ent Center

Branford Marsalis with his quartet lit up the ENT Center for the Arts last night with a brilliant performance to a sold out house.

Branford Marsalis QuartetLast night at The ENT center Branford Marsalis showed us why he is three-time Grammy Award® winner and has been cited as “arguably the most respected living U.S. jazz instrumentalist”. Each of the musicians showed their mastery in playing that was both technically  brilliant and creatively inspired. The  program included some challenging new avant-garde jazz that demonstrated how jazz is ever-changing, alive and exciting. Then with perfect timing the group included stellar performances of two familiar standards – Sunny Side Of The Street and St James Infirmary that brought the audience to its feet.

Going to a concert of this quality is beyond entertaining it is revitalizing. Engaging art is one of the ways that we renew ourselves, boost our creativity, and move ourselves to the “sunny side of the street.” Take the opportunity when you can.

The Ent Center For The Arts

The Ent Center for the Arts is a transformational performing and visual arts complex on the UCCS Campus. This 92,000 square-foot building features four performing arts venues and a visual arts gallery. We are so fortunate to have this outstanding facility in Colorado Springs. It is easily  accessible, has convenient free parking and most importantly is brining in world class talent. If you have not been there, do check it out! You can still get tickets for Catherine Russell for Thursday nite.

CATHERINE RUSSELLThursday 4-19.

Catherine Russell is that rarest of entities—a genuine jazz and blues singer—who can sing virtually anything. Her dusky, stalwart, and soulful voice radiates power as she launches fearlessly into each tune, getting inside the melody and capturing every emotion. With an off-the beaten-path song selection, sparkling acoustic swing, and a stunning vocal approach, Catherine Russell joins the ranks of the greatest interpreters and performers of American popular song.

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Meg Okura -Vibrant Modern Jazz

Meg Okura is an exciting artist creating vibrant modern jazz.

The chamber jazz violinist and composer Meg Okura blends East and West in enjoyable modern jazz. 

The New York Times called Okura’s music “vibrant” and “sophisticated,” Okura dares to use erhu (Chinese violin) and the pedal harp with bass clarinet and soprano saxophone in her Pan Asian Chamber Jazz Ensemble, a one-of-a-kind jazz group based in Harlem. The ensemble has released three albums- Meg Okura’s Pan Asian Chamber Jazz Ensemble(2006), Naima (2010), and Music of Ryuichi Sakamoto(2013), and the forthcoming Ima Ima (2018). From Lincoln Center to Levitt Pavillion in Los Angeles, Winter Jazz Fest to KL Jazz Festival in Malaysia, Knitting Factory to sold-out concerts in Japan, the PACJE has captivated audiences at home and abroad for over ten years.

Women In Jazz

Women In Jazz – an enjoyable program from Margaret Howze available free in Jazz Profiles from NPR.

“Women have been involved with jazz since its inception, but all too often their acheivements are not as well-known or trumpeted, so to speak, as those of their male counterparts. Of course we have Billie, Ella, and Sarah, but there are so many more — singers, instrumentalists and composers — that have made a worthy pantheon,”  says Howze in her opening paragraph. Then she follow with bios and music samples from well known and not so well know musicians. This is a very enjoyable two part series.

Expand your knowledge, be inspired – check it out and enjoy.