Spalding takes Grammy winning jazz to Europe

2011-03-31 14:35

Cully, Switzerland – American jazz bassist and singer Esperanza Spalding showcased her Grammy winning talent for enthusiastic Swiss jazz lovers at the start of a European tour that will also take her to Italy, France, Britain and Spain.

Spalding was the surprise winner of the Best New Artist Grammy in February, beating favoured Canadian contenders Drake and teenage sensation Justin Bieber.

She was the first jazz artist to clinch the coveted prize.

The 26-year-old and her Chamber Music Society band played a 90-minute set at the yearly Cully jazz festival last night, where a sold-out crowd was enraptured.

The Wayne Shorter Quartet and Gilberto Gil also performed at the 29th edition this week in the picturesque village that lies among terraced vineyards, along Lake Geneva near Lausanne.

Spalding highlighted tracks from her third and latest album Chamber Music Society (2010), including Little Fly, the crowd-pleasing ballad Apple Blossom, and Really Very Small.

The Portland, Oregon native arrived on stage and sat in the dark to the side in a large armchair, sipping red wine, as her six musicians played an instrumental introduction.

She then took off her jacket and picked up her bass to play Little Fly.

The set was bathed in red light for Knowledge of Good + Evil.

Spalding, a composer whose phrasing and lyrics are unusual, is part Hispanic, African-American, and Native American.

She sang mainly in English, but also Spanish and Brazilian-flavoured Portuguese (Inutil Paisagem or Useless Landscape).

“We are the Chamber Music Society. Merci beaucoup,’’ she cooed into the microphone at the end of the programme.

As midnight struck – and with Swiss precision – she then returned for a solo encore of jazz standard Midnight Sun, a composition by Lionel Hampton made famous by Ella Fitzgerald.

» Get your copy of City Press this week for a review of Spalding’s performace at the 12th Cape Town International Jazz Festival, which took place last week 


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