Jazz, Lounge, & Cabaret

SFJAZZ Presents Esperanza Spalding Chamber Music Society

When: Sat., Oct. 1, 8 p.m. 2011

With her small, delicate, finch-like frame overshadowed by an Angela Davis 'fro, Esperanza Spalding easily became an icon in the jazz world. Just shy of 27, she's already a Grammy winner (the first jazz artist to snag the prestigious Best New Artist award, in fact), a member of the faculty at Berklee College of Music, a peer of Stanley Clarke (with whom she collaborated on the 2007 album, The Toys of Men), a muse for GAP ads and New Yorker profiles, and a veritable scholar of Brazilian music. Spalding began as a violinist and clarinetist, but picked up the stand-up bass in high school and has stuck with it ever since. She's cut three solo albums to date, the most recent of which, Chamber Music Society, features dreamy string orchestrations over which Spalding sings in a light, bubbling, wisp of a voice. The album's principle tune, "Little Fly," is based on a poem by William Blake. Spalding will bring her voice, her beauty, her ebullient personality, and her incredible, graceful compositions to the Paramount Theatre (2025 Broadway, Oakland) on Saturday, Oct. 1, as part of the SFJAZZ fall season. 8 p.m., $20-$65. SFJAZZ.org

Rachel Swan

Price: $20-$65

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