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Esperanza Spalding: 2016

Esperanza Spalding and Rita Houston at WFUV

Esperanza Spalding and Rita Houston at WFUV (photo by Jim O'Hara)



Esperanza Spalding is a remarkably talented artist with something to say. Inspired to play music after watching Yo Yo Ma on "Sesame Street," she was playing violin in the Chamber Music Society of Oregon by the age of five and she eventually learned guitar and her primary instrument, bass.

Now Spalding is a four-time Grammy winner, including Best New Artist in 2011, a year that included fellow nominees Mumford & Sons, Florence and the Machine, Drake, and Justin Bieber.

We'll get the story and the inspiration behind her intriguing new album Emily's D+Evolution (out March 4) in this conversation and guest DJ set.

[recorded: 2/4/16]

Watch Emily's D+Evolution Performed Live

Next Thursday, March 3 at 8 p.m., you can watch Esperanza Spalding perform Emily's D+Evolution live on, as FUV and NPR Music host a First Listen Live video webstream from BRIC House.