Esperanza Spalding Releases New Album

Perhaps the hottest name in the jazz world today, Esperanza Spalding makes her Ravinia debut on June 25. The accomplished jazz bassist and vocalist most recently caused a stir by singing over the memorial segment of last month’s Oscar telecast. Her new album, Radio Music Society, was released this week to rave reviews. Chicago Tribune critic Howard Reich observed, “Not since Cassandra Wilson attained wide notice in the 1990s has a young jazz singer made as much of an impact–or offered as wholly original a sound–as Spalding does.”  Read Reich’s entire review.