esperanza=hope for jazz

Jozen Cummings profiles Esperanza Spalding at The Root. The brilliant and talented jazz bassist and vocalist defied jazz’s decline to sell 72,000 copies of her self-titled debut album in 2008. Her latest, Chamber Music Society, debuted at #1 on I-tunes, Amazon, Billboard’s Heetseeker chart, and the CMJ Jazz chart.

New Yorkers can see this dynamo perform live at the Jack H. Skirball Center for the Performing Arts on September 30!


About jennifer williams

Jennifer D. Williams is a writer and professor of English and Women's and Gender Studies. She has published in academic journals and online at, PopMatters, among other sites. Jennifer is currently working on a book that looks at black women's urban literature between the Depression and the civil rights era.

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