Obama’s Favorite Standup Bassist/Singer/Composer Esperanza Spalding to Release New Album

With her sophomore effort Chamber Music Society on the way, check out the preview for Esperanza Spalding’s album and see why Barack says, “I love listening to Esperanza, she is wonderful.”

The innovative album that combines jazz, folk, and world music with the enduring foundations of classical music will hit shelves August 17th via Heads Up International, a division of Concord Music Group. Chamber Music Society features the legendary Milton Nascimento, pianist Leo Genovese, and vocalist Gretchen Parlato, among others.

“It’s clear Esperanza’s definitely got game – and has no hang-ups about showing it.” —Vibe Magazine

“Whether exploding into vocalese or making her bass solo sound like a horn, she’s a spark plug who dances as she grooves through a funked-up and rocked-out repertoire.” Billboard “Faces to Watch”

“Esperanza has got a lot: accomplished jazz improvisation, funk, scat singing, Brazilian vernacular rhythm and vocals in English, Portuguese and Spanish. At its center is a female bassist, singer and bandleader, one whose talent is beyond question.” New York Times

Corinne Bailey Rae w/ Special Guest Sondre Lerche – August 6th

Corinne Bailey Rae moved to Terminal 5

Due to complications in production, Corinne Bailey Rae’s show has been moved from The Beach at Governors Island to Terminal 5. Doors open at 7pm on Friday, August 6th and show starts at 8pm with a special performance by Sondre Lerche. For those that have bought your tickets already, have no fear, all Governors Island tickets will be honored at Terminal 5. For those who haven’t yet, don’t wait too long or you might not get a ticket at all.

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New Video by Theophilus London: “Hey Wonderful”

Check out Theophilus London’s new 80′s-inspired visual for “Hey Wonderful,” from his new mixtape I Want You. Both the song and the video take you back to 1984, with the track’s “jiscomusic” flare (disco’s contemporary reincarnation) and a sample from Stevie Wonder’s “Love Light in Flight.”