Fans who’ve followed the career of jazz bassist and chanteuse Esperanza Spalding can hear songs from her new album, Radio Music Society, backed by a 12-piece band this Friday night at the Adrienne Arsht Center. A musical prodigy who taught herself to play the violin at age four, Spalding spent most of her youth at The Chamber Music Society of Portland, ascending to concertmaster at just 15-years-old. It was during that time that she discovered her now signature instrument, the bass.
Spalding’s accomplishments certainly don’t end there: she has performed for president Barack Obama at the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize ceremony, and she has three Grammy Awards under her belt, one of which she earned for Radio Music Society, best jazz vocal album. Spalding wrote and composed the majority of Society's tracks, which seamlessly blends elements of funk, neo soul, jazz, and balladry. 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305-949-6722