JAZZ: Spreading hope – Esperanza Spalding upholds the future of jazz

Grammy award-winning Esperanza Spalding is a young a multi-lingual vocalist, bassist and composer who is making waves in the world of jazz. This year, Spalding has been one of the biggest attractions at the prestigious Montreal Jazz Festival, which is used to attracting big names such as Diana Krall, Stevie Wonder, Dave Brubeck, Herbie Hancock and Ray Charles.The festival's vice-president and artistic director André Ménard describes Spalding's recent performance at the 10-day event as "taking it to another level", fuelled with drama and imagination.



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