Beauty and the Bass: Eight Great Female Bass Players
Jazz bassist and singer Esperanza Spalding has a lot to brag about. Not only did she become the first jazz musician to take home the Grammy for Best New Artist in 2011, but simultaneously stole the title from Justin Bieber! ... And deservingly so! By age 5, Spalding was a self-taught violinist playing with the Chamber Music Society of Oregon.
A multi-instrumentalist, Spalding played the oboe and clarinet before finally landing on the bass in high school. Her outstanding musicianship hardly went unrecognized. Shortly after graduation from Berklee College of Music, she was hired onto the faculty of her alma mater at the young age of 20.
Spalding’s latest album, Chamber Music Society, was released in August 2010. After she took home the Grammy, the album regained its spot on the Billboard 200 at an impressive No. 34. On top of all that, she’s got a bangin’ fro!
Watch her groove at the 2009 Nobel Peace Price Concert: