Esperanza Spalding – Black Gold

Esperanza Spalding (born October 18, 1984) is an American jazz bassist, cellist and singer, who draws upon many genres in her own compositions. She 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.

When asked in 2008 why she plays the bass instead of some other instrument, Spalding said that it was not a choice, but the bass “had its own arc” and resonated with her. Spalding has said that, for her, discovering the bass was like “waking up one day and realizing you’re in love with a co-worker.”