Monday, January 4, 2016
Esperanza Spalding - Contemporary Jazz Bass and Vocal Talent
Serving clients in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Geoffrey Scovil maintains a respected defense law practice. A jazz aficionado, Geoffrey Scovil supports the Outpost Performance Space, a nonprofit institution that brings diverse jazz, folk, and world music performances to the Albuquerque community. Outpost also co-sponsors the New Mexico Jazz Festival, which in 2015 featured the bass, cello, and vocal talent Esperanza Spalding.
Born in Portland, Oregon, Spalding began playing the violin as a child and took up the acoustic bass at age 15. Just months after starting on bass, she was recognized as a jazz prodigy and was hired as a Berklee College of Music instructor following her high school graduation.
Spalding earned critical plaudits through her diverse blend of jazz, blues, hip hop, and Afro-Cuban, and Brazilian styles. She had the opportunity to perform and tour with contemporary jazz scene giants, from Joe Lovano to Regina Carter. Her breakthrough came with the 2008 trio album Esperanza, which sat on the top of Billboard's contemporary jazz chart for more than 12 months. Today, Esperanza Spalding is a headline attraction at jazz festivals spanning the globe with her Emily’s D + Evolution project.