Well it’s a beautiful February morning here in Nashville. After an incredibly rewarding weekend of playing with Gladys Knight, spring has descended upon us here and is working hard to make us forget about our frozen troubles.
One moment that we SHOULD try to freeze in time is this one. I recall seeing Esperanza play bass in Donald Harrison’s quintet at Newport in the summer of 2007 and being blown away by her playing and presence. I didn’t know anything about her then and she didn’t sing on this gig, but her love and passion for music and performance were communicated as clearly as any artist I have EVER seen or heard.
Speaking of inspiring jazz singers, I’m very happy to announce the special guest for this coming Sunday’s jam session at the Nashville Jazz Workshop. Our February guest is a brilliant interpreter, writer, and improviser, and I’m very excited that she’ll be sharing her gifts and knowledge with us. Get excited for vocalist Sandra Dudley!