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Grammy-winning jazz bassist Esperanza Spalding still has game

Published on Feb 27, 2013 12:55 PM
 
Following her historic win in 2011 as Best New Artist at the 53rd Grammy Awards, American jazz bassist and composer Esperanza Spalding is back with a new album and two more Grammys in the bag. -- PHOTO: CARLOS PERICAS

Following her historic win in 2011 as Best New Artist at the 53rd Grammy Awards, American jazz bassist and composer Esperanza Spalding is back with a new album and two more Grammys in the bag.

The 28-year-old, who was catapulted from being a relatively unknown jazz musician to international superstar after she beat pop idol Justin Bieber at the Grammys two years ago, will be performing for the first time as part of the annual Mosaic Music Festival next month.

Spalding, who recently won a Best Jazz Vocal Album Grammy for her latest album Radio Music Society (2012), and another Grammy for Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s) for the song City of Roses with American composer and jazz musician Thara Memory, tells Life! before she learnt of her Grammy win that "nothing much has changed".

She acknowledges her music has spread to a much broader audience, but adds: "I just got to do more interviews, and a few more different types of people would show up at the venues we always play at ... because I'm not in the pop world, I'm not a Nicki Minaj or Taylor Swift."

 
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