Esperanza Spalding at Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland

Bassist/vocalist Esperanza Spalding brought her Radio Music Society tour to the Tri-C Metro Auditorium last night as part of the Tri-C JazzFest. This second stop on the tour found Spalding and her 11-piece band in fine ’70s funk/R&B form, as they ran through the bulk of the tunes on the Radio Music album released in March. While perhaps not fitting some purist definition of a “jazz show,” the live performance of these songs incorporated a lot more jazz-oriented fills than are heard on the record. And the sold-out auditorium howled its approval time and again for Spalding’s latest groove.


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