Spalding demonstrates the skills that earned her this year’s Best New Artist Grammy—a first for a jazz artist in the 53-year history of the Awards.
With a multilingual voice and composing/arranging skills that mesh old-school with the progressive, Esperanza Spalding brings an approach to jazz that she hopes exposes the genre to younger audiences. She was playing violin by age 5. At 15, she worked at a club in her Portland (OR) hometown. A graduate of Boston's Berklee College of Music, she became the youngest professor in the school's history. Spalding has collaborated with some of the best in the business and, this year, became the first jazz musician to win the Best New Artist Grammy.