For best new artist at this year's Grammy Awards, the academy was widely expected to leave it to Bieber. But confounding widespread cynicism and the group's clueless reputation, the award—shockingly but deservedly—went to jazz bassist, singer, and composer Esperanza Spalding. With three albums, sessions with the likes of Joe Lovano and McCoy Tyner, and even a White House performance in 2009, she's not exactly a new artist. But why quibble? With her now considerably higher profile, including a recent fashion spread in the New York Times, Spalding is playing the larger O'Shaughnessy for this last installment of her Chamber Music Society tour. That album, with a chamber string trio augmenting her jazz group, explores the jazz-classical nexus while showcasing both her instrumental and vocal prowess, particularly as a supple scat singer, in addition to her impressive Brazilian inclinations. Spalding will be back (in Hopkins) later in October as a member of Lovano's Us Five ensemble.
Tue., Oct. 4, 7:30 p.m., 2011