Among those artists whose star shines brightest is bassist Esperanza Spalding. Not yet 30, the Portland born musician, who also plays the cello and sings, has won four Grammy’s and is the only jazz artist to ever win the Best New Artist Award. In 2014 she won again for Best Instrumental Arrangement of a work called “Swing Low.” She said she knew she wanted to be a musician when she saw the cellist Yo Yo Ma on Mister Roger’s Neighborhood when she was 4 years old.
– Her latest CD is called Radio Music Society.
– Here she appears at the Victoria Gasteiz Festival in Spain performing a song called “Hold On Me.”