Esperanza Spalding Redux

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I never pay attention to awards shows, but I found it extraordinary that this year the Grammy Award for “best new artist” finally went to a truly deserving artist – one that I happened to post about 53 weeks ago to the day here. To celebrate, here’s another couple of videos displaying Esperanza Spalding’s amazing jazz singing and upright bass playing, the first from the same Jimmy Kimmel show as the one I posted last year, the second a more recent, solo performance at an obscure little venue in Washington D.C.-

(By the way, this second one looks great in 720p, so if you have the bandwidth, click on the 360p for the menu (you may have to wait until you start playing the video to see that), then on 720p, and finally on the full-screen icon on the player’s lower-right corner).