“The Daily Show” did something Thursday night (April 12) it doesn’t do very often. Instead of a normal interview segment during the third section of the show, host Jon Stewart welcomed Esperanza Spalding.
And just who is that, you may ask? She’s a 27-year-old jazz bassist and singer, and when she won the Best New Artist Grammy in 2011, she became the first jazz artist to win that award.
Esperanza grew up in a rough neighborhood of Portland and found music due to her mother’s interest in it, though she cites one particular moment – watching Yo-Yo Ma perform on “Mister Rogers” when she was just four years old – as the moment she knew she wanted to pursue music as a career.
She is also very proud of her diverse ethnic background. Her father is African-American, while her mother is Welsh, Native American and Hispanic. So far, she has released four albums, but it is her 2012 album “Radio Music Society,” that has hit the U.S. charts, peaking at No. 10 on the general chart and No. 1 on the U.S. Jazz chart.
We think Esperanza is immensely talented and can’t wait to watch her grow as an artist.