Advertisements

Esperanza Spalding Feature in Newsweek

Esperanza Spalding! I have made my admiration for this beautiful, talented lady a recurrent theme here on thejazzmonger blog. Now, I am pleased to report that she is the subject of an excellent article in Newsweek and it’s affiliate The Daily Beast.

Abigail Pesta’s piece begins, as most Spalding features do, with the singular nature of her talent and intelligence:

 As a 5-year-old, she began playing in a community band; by the time she was 15, she was the concertmaster for an Oregon youth orchestra, with a scholarship to a private arts high school. At 20, she graduated from the Berklee College of Music in Boston.

Pesta doesn’t mention it, but Spalding was, by age 19, not only a student at Berklee but also on the faculty.

Esperanza Spalding at Oscars

Jazz Talent Esperanza Spalding

The hard-working credential is well-earned, many times over. Beginning in childhood, she learned to play the piano, clarinet and oboe before discovering the stand-up bass in high school. When asked why she now plays bass, almost exclusively, Esperanza says that the instrument “just resonates” with her.

Pesta goes on to highlight the difficult circumstances in which Spalding lived as a child. She grew up in the King neighborhood of Portland, Oregon. Esperanza has described it as “a ghetto” and “pretty scary.” She and her brother were raised by her mother as a single parent. And yet, Pesta tells us:

She downplays her gritty childhood. Growing up poor isn’t a “special” story, she says, but an American one. “Where I’m from is a really mild example. I mean, I’m sure my whole life we were under the poverty line, you know, but I still felt rich. I had a rich upbringing, rich in the sense of a lot of love, a lot of education, nature, music and art, and laughing.” She adds, “It’s not just about the income you make.”

Listen to that last part again, if you will indulge me, because it is the point of today’s visit to the keyboard:

“I had a rich upbringing, rich in the sense of a lot of love, a lot of education, nature, music and art, and laughing.” She adds, “It’s not just about the income you make.”

Esperanza Spalding

Advertisements

About thejazzmonger
Music fan. All types of music but, especially Jazz, Big Band, Swing & Oldies from the 50s & early (pre-Beatle) 60s.

120 Responses to Esperanza Spalding Feature in Newsweek

  1. Madeleine says:

    Actually when someone doesn’t understand afterward its up to other users that they will help, so here it happens.

  2. What’s up, after reading this remarkable piece of writing i am too glad to share my experience here
    with friends.

  3. I believe this is one of the such a lot vital
    info for me. And i’m happy reading your article.
    But wanna commentary on some general things, The site taste is wonderful, the articles is really nice :
    D. Just right task, cheers

  4. Rex says:

    I’m no longer sure where you’re getting your info, however great topic.
    I must spend some time studying more or figuring
    out more. Thanks for wonderful information I used to be on the lookout
    for this info for my mission.

  5. Ryan says:

    Hi there! This is my 1st comment here so I just wanted to give a quick shout out
    and tell you I genuinely enjoy reading your posts.
    Can you recommend any other blogs/websites/forums that go over the same topics?

    Thanks for your time!

  6. I am genuinely grateful to the owner of this web page
    who has shared this fantastic post at at this place.

  7. Joshua says:

    Thanks for a marvelous posting! I definitely enjoyed reading it, you might be a
    great author. I will always bookmark your blog and will often come back sometime soon. I want to encourage continue your great posts, have a
    nice day!

  8. Gia says:

    Remarkable issues here. I’m very glad to look your article.
    Thanks a lot and I’m looking ahead to contact you.
    Will you please drop me a e-mail?

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: