For those of you who are still bumping Esperanza Spalding’s Radio Music Society album in your cars or on your iPods, prepare for great news! The Grammy Award-winning bassist/vocalist/composer is about to bless the world with new material. She will be appearing at the 92Y Soul Jazz Festival on Saturday, March 15 at Kaufman Music Hall. While the first day of the two-day event features DJ Logic and Joey Defrancisco’s All-Star Band, Spalding has day two all to herself.


If the news of the “prodigy from Portland” unveiling never-heard-before material wasn’t enough to get you excited, the line-up of her band surely will. Accompanying Spalding on stage is a list of musicians that’ll have fans foaming at the mouth: Nadia Washington (guitar/vocals), Matthew Stevens (electric guitar), Corey King (trombone), and Kareem Riggins (drums). With a band like this, it’s sure to be a night you can’t afford to pass up.

Last November, Spalding gave us a glimpse of what may or may not be the direction of her next project with “We Are America,” a booming, prog-funk anthem aimed at bringing attention to and helping to compel the closure of Guantanamo Bay Prison. This was accompanied by a patriotic video featuring cameos by Stevie Wonder and Janelle Monae. With fat horns and distorted bass lines, it looks like Spalding is looking to expand her sound and extend her reach beyond the world of jazz. Whatever she has in store, it is not to be missed.

For Tickets and more info on the 92Y Soul Jazz Fest, click here.


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