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Who is Esperanza Spalding?

Posted on 02/14/2011 by |The Takeaway | Comments

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That wailing you hear? That’s probably your grandchild. See, Justin Bieber was up for Best New Artist at Sunday night’s Grammys and he lost – to a jazz artist named Esperanza Spalding. I’m sure she thinks Justin was ROBBED.

But more importantly: Esperanza who?

You just figured out who the “Gaga-Usher-Antebellum-Video-Game-Blaze kids” are. Who is Ezperanza Spalding?!! Hard to keep up, right? Well, here’s how to impress your grandkids this morning. (They’ll still be inconsolable, but it’s worth a shot.)

Things You Oughta Know: The critically acclaimed Spalding is the first jazz musician to win the new artist award in 35 years. Spalding is 26 has been in the business for more than a decade, already has released three albums and is lauded by veterans throughout the jazz world.

OK, she’s 26.

So what does this have to do with AARP? It’s JAZZ, man.

Read this: Grammy nominee Esperanza Spalding brings contemporary cool to the classic genre

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