Picks and Pans Review: Spotlight on Grammy Breakout...Esperanza Spalding
ON BECOMING THE FIRST JAZZ MUSICIAN TO WIN BEST NEW ARTIST
I'm still in disbelief! I hope that a bit of this spotlight that's on me right now will also illuminate other things that are happening in the genre. But the world doesn't have to know who I am-I also love just playing in a piano bar.
ON ONLINE BACKLASH FROM JUSTIN BIEBER FANS
It's all good. People are always going to say something. You don't do music to have people write nice things on your Facebook page. I think [Bieber] is an incredibly talented person. I met him backstage and I thought, "Okay, this is a good dude."
ON OPENING FOR PRINCE LAST DECEMBER
It was inspiring. My knees tremble in his wake as a musician. He taught me a lot about having complete vision and how to command a band. He moves his elbow, the band knows what to do!
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