Esperanza Spalding en Tonight on KPLU: The SFJAZZ Center's historic opening concert <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Thirty years after presenting its first concerts in San Francisco, the organization&nbsp;</span>SFJAZZ<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;has built a permanent home and performance venue. The&nbsp;</span>SFJAZZ<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Center, conceived as the first stand-alone building for jazz in the U.S., <a href="" target="_blank">opens with a star-studded concert</a> tonight, hosted by Bill Cosby.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Artists include:&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">McCoy&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Tyner,</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Chick&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Corea,</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Esperanza Spalding, Joshua Redman, Joe&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Lovano,</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Bobby&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Hutcherson,</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Mary Stallings, John Handy, Pete&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Escovedo,</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Eric Reed, and more!&nbsp;</span></p><p><a href=""><strong>WATCH LIVE NOW!</strong></a></p><p> Thu, 24 Jan 2013 05:01:08 +0000 KPLU 7622 at Tonight on KPLU: The SFJAZZ Center's historic opening concert Enough with the search for a ‘Jazz Savior’ <p>Every so often, a barrage of articles and blog posts come out claiming that jazz has found the musician or musicians that are going to &ldquo;save&rdquo; jazz. More often than not, these musicians are achieving some current commercial success and popularity among a broad audience outside of the typical &ldquo;jazz head&rdquo; community.</p><p>But what would it mean to &quot;save jazz&quot;? And, what exactly does it need &quot;saving&quot; from?</p><p><a href=""><strong>Read more on Groove Notes.</strong></a></p><p> Tue, 03 Apr 2012 21:03:51 +0000 Kevin Kniestedt 4636 at Enough with the search for a ‘Jazz Savior’ Who is Esperanza Spalding? <p>Esperanza Spalding walked into the KPLU Seattle studios like some teenaged gunslinger. However, she’d been working full time in music for most of her 25 years, and her chosen weapon was a double-bass that reached just above her impressive afro.</p><p>Now a Grammy Award winner for Best New Artist (take that, Justin Bieber!), I’ve recently enjoyed listening back to our meeting a year ago, and specifically our interview.</p><p> Mon, 14 Feb 2011 23:44:58 +0000 Abe Beeson 793 at Who is Esperanza Spalding?