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Who: Esperanza Spalding
When: 8 p.m. Friday
Where: Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St.
Information: www.omahaperformingarts.org or 402-345-0202
Esperanza Spalding wants to expose more people to jazz music.
With more radio-friendly tunes on the Grammy-winner's latest album, “Radio Music Society,” she figures that more people will listen to her style of jazz.
“If there is a way for these musicians to be heard with it being accessible — to be heard by audiences who don't normally listen to this — that's what I want,” she told The World-Herald.
“Radio Music Society” includes several collaborating artists, some of which — like R&B singer Algebra — aren't jazz artists.
“Well, I don't care what someone is or isn't as far as genre. In the process of writing songs or making arrangements, there's a point where you have to imagine what it's going to sound like... and I started hearing everybody's voice in each different song,” Spalding said. “I was really lucky. I didn't have to go to any backup options.”
Among the many songs that Spalding wrote for “Radio Music Society,” she also included “I Can't Help It,” a Michael Jackson song written by Stevie Wonder.
Spalding called Wonder “a jazz musician, among many other things” and said she enjoys including standards on her albums and in her live sets.
“This would be like our fruit bowl,” she said. “It's like the painter's fruit bowl. You don't have to look at what you're trying to say, but more what you're doing stylistically.”
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