We’ve just arrived to Mexico for a short getaway with my husband’s family. The warm, tropical air and fiery delicacies have awakened my inner Latin senses. And so, I’ve found myself drawn to the melodious tunes of a fellow Latina.
Ms. Spalding has won four Grammy Awards, including the Grammy Award for Best New Artist at the 53rd Grammy Awards, making her the first jazz artist to win the award.
At the modest age of five, she performed on the violin with the Chamber Music Society of Portland, Oregon and stayed with the group until she was fifteen years old. She left as a concertmaster. She was later both self-taught and -trained on a number of instruments, including guitar and bass. Her musical proficiency earned her scholarships to Portland State University and the Berklee College of Music. In 2017 she was appointed Professor of the Practice of Music at Harvard University.
Spalding’s mother took note of her musical proclivity when Spalding was able to reproduce Beethoven by ear on the family’s piano. According to Spalding, when she was about eight, her mother briefly studied jazz guitar in college. Spalding would accompany her mother to class and “…sit under the piano. Then I would come home and I would be playing her stuff that her teacher had been playing.”
Spalding also played oboe and clarinet before discovering the double bass in high school. She sings in English, Spanish and Portuguese.
In short, Ms. Spalding is by all intents and purposes a legitimate prodigy. Take a listen for yourself by clicking the play icon below. No matter your taste for jazz, you’ll have to admit…she’s remarkable!