2011 Best New Artist Grammy winner Esperanza Spalding just released her new album Radio Music Society last week she’ll hit the road in support of it next month. That tour will bring her to Webster Hall on April 21 (Buy Tickets) and Celebrate Brooklyn! at Prospect Park on June 15 where she will be joined by musicians Geri Allen, Patrice Rushen and Terri Lyne Carrington.
Radio Music Society boasts a vast range of top-notch guest musicians and collaborators. In addition to longtime partners Joe Lovano, keyboard player Leo Genovese and drummer Terri Lyne Carrington, the ranks contain jazz legends Jack DeJohnette and Billy Hart; guitar heroes Jef Lee Johnson and Lionel Loueke; an array of master vocalists including Algebra Blessett, Lalah Hathaway, Gretchen Parlato, Leni Stern and Becca Stevens; hip-hop giant Q-Tip (who performs on and co-produced two tracks); and two Portland-based musicians, Janice Scroggins and Dr. Thara Memory, who provided essential mentorship in Spalding’s youth.
Eleven of the album’s twelve songs are accompanied by conceptual short films, which further express Esperanza’s inspiration and story behind each track. Shot in various locations including New York City; Barcelona, Spain; and Portland, Oregon; all films will be available to purchasers of Radio Music Society as a digital download or on a DVD in the deluxe version.
Video for “Radio Song” and more Esperenza Spalding tour dates after the jump.
Esperenza Spalding 2012 Tour Dates
04/18/12 Buffalo, NY Center For The Arts
04/19/12 Cleveland, OH Metro Campus Auditorium
04/21/12 New York, NY Webster Hall
04/22/12 Boston, MA Orpheum Theatre
04/24/12 Seattle, WA Paramount Theatre
04/25/12 Portland, OR Crystal Ballroom
04/27/12 Los Angeles, CA The Fonda Theatre (formerly The Music Box)
04/28/12 Phoneix, AZ Sage Court / JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa
05/01/12 Dallas, TX House Of Blues
05/02/12 Houston, TX House Of Blues
05/03/12 New Orleans, LA Jazz Festival Congo Square Stage
05/05/12 Austin, TX Paramount Theatre
05/07/12 Nashville, TN Shermerhorn Symphony Center
05/09/12 Durham, NC The Carolina Theatre
05/10/12 Charlotte, NC Knight Theater
05/12/12 Washington, DC Howard Theatre
05/13/12 Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory
05/23/12 Paris Le Cigale
05/24/12 Amsterdam Paradiso
05/27/12 Madrid Joy Eslava
05/28/12 London Koko Club
06/15/12 Brooklyn, NY Celebrate Brooklyn w/ Geri Allen, Patrice Rushen, Terri Lyne Carrington
06/25/12 Highland Park, IL Ravinia Festival Pavillion
06/27/12 Ottawa, ON Ottawa Jazz Festival
06/28/12 Toronto, ON Mainstage Toronto Downtown Jazz Festival
06/29/12 Montreal, Quebec Montreal Jazz Festival / Metropolis Theatre
06/30/12 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center
07/22/12 Lucerne, Switzerland Luzern Blue Balls Festival