Esperanza Spalding
Central Park - Schenectady, NY
Picture?width=180&height=180 Kevincareypiano Esperanza Spalding Quartet at Central Park Music Haven
She was phenomenal and the whole hill was packed. I was 15 and rode my bike there with two friends, who unfortunately were not as interesting in staying as I. Ever since, she has been one of my biggest inspriations as a musician. I have seen her twice since!
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I saw her on Valentine's day 2009—she had a cold that night and still was nailing notes across five octaves. Have you seen Emily's D+Evolution yet?