Jun 082011

Many were shocked earlier this year when jazz ingenue Esperanza Spalding beat out Justin Bieber for the “Best New Artist” Grammy. Responses ranged from “Who?” to Beliebers (ugh) hijacking her Wikipedia entry in anger. This writer, having seen Spalding open for Dave Brubeck at the Winnipeg Jazz Festival some four or five years ago, mostly wondered how she qualified as a new artist, but that’s another matter. Now Spalding shows exactly why she won on a new compilation. Continue reading »