Thursday 14 May 2009

Musical interlude

Two new musical discoveries to share with you: both young jazz singers with Iberian connections.

First, Esperanza Spalding, from Portland, Oregon, who describes herself as being of African-American, Welsh and Spanish descent, and who opened proceedings at Barack and Michelle's poetry jam the other night. Here she is (via Clive) performing at an earlier White House event in honour of Stevie Wonder (there’s a bit of Tony Bennett at the end for good measure):

Second, Lisbon-born but New York-based Sara Serpa, discovered via the Blues Alley website (she was performing there on Tuesday night: I've joined their mailing list, as we're hoping to visit Washington later in the year). Here she is, at the Cornelia Street Cafe in Greenwich Village back in February:

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