Archive for November 30, 2010

The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) are pleased to announce that bassist, vocalist and composer Esperanza Spalding, in response to the Diversity and Innovation Fund Request for Proposals, has been asked to host Find The Beat, a progressive new television show on PBS.

Find The Beat, a new program that promotes diversity, features Spalding joining with a group, a band or solo musician to explore the roots of their music. Their journeys take them to see authentic performers, explore cultural connections and investigate musical history.

PBS and the CPB issued a request for proposals for a new television show to be sponsored by their Diversity and Innovation Fund. The DI Fund, “seeks to diversify the National Program Service by attracting younger and more racially and ethnically diverse viewers and visitors.” More than 200 submissions were received in response to the request for proposals, from which only 16 were chosen by their editorial staff to advance to panel review.

Esperanza Spalding combines the imaginative flights of a serious improviser with the musical accessibility of a pop star and within two years of her solo debut has beguiled success at nearly unimaginable heights. Esperanza, her 2008 release, spent over 70 weeks on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz chart and was the most successful internationally selling debut that year.

Spalding’s most recent release, Chamber Music Society, is a brilliant marriage of string and jazz trio, and a showcase for her eclectic sensibilities along with her vocal and compositional talents. Other career highlights include two televised performances at the White House, a Banana Republic ad campaign, features in Oprah Magazine and The New Yorker, numerous awards and high profile tour dates, capped by an invitation to perform at the 2010 Nobel Prize Ceremony in Oslo, Norway.

To learn more about Esperanza Spalding, visit her online at:

PBS is inviting public comment and wants to hear from you now. Support diverse and innovative programming on public television by telling PBS to fund Find The Beat with Esperanza Spalding:

Tom Braxton started his musical career with the jazz fusion band No Compromise. After his college years Braxton launched his solo course. His debut album Your Move (1992) was the first opportunity to record a duet with long-time friend Kirk Whalum on the song Peacemaker. His sophomore album Katalasso (1998) was his second smooth jazz album, followed by Face to Face (1999) an instrumental praise and worship CD. His next album Comfort and Joy (2001) was a Christmas album.   This is also the title of his upcoming tour.

Thu., Dec. 2 Dallas, TX Comfort and Joy Christmas Tour

Brooklyn Jazz Cafe

1701 South Lamar Street

7:00 p.m.

Fri., Dec. 3 Addison, TX Comfort and Joy Christmas Tour


15207 Addison Road

8:30 p.m.


Sat., Dec. 4 Midland, TX Comfort and Joy Christmas Tour

St. Marks United Methodist Church

1701 N. Main Street

7:00 p.m.


Sun., Dec. 5 Lubbock, TX Comfort and Joy Christmas Tour

Cactus Theater

1812 Buddy Holly Avenue

7:30 p.m.


Tue., Dec. 7 Dallas, TX Private Event

Wed., Dec. 8 Sparks, NV (Reno) Comfort and Joy Christmas Tour

John Ascuaga’s Nugget

Orozko Lounge

1100 Nugget Avenue

6:00 p.m.


Thu., Dec. 9 San Diego, CA Comfort and Joy Christmas Tour

Humphreys Backstage Live

2241 Shelter Island Drive

8:00 p.m.


Fri., Dec. 10 Seal Beach, CA Comfort and Joy Christmas Tour


3005 Old Ranch Parkway

8:00 p.m.


Sun., Dec. 12 Meadow Vista, CA Celebration Community Fellowship

16981 Placer Hills Road, Suite C-8

8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.


Mon., Dec. 13 Auburn, CA Celebration Cares Christmas Concert

(Benefits Women of Worth)

The Ridge

2020 Golf Course Road

7:00 p.m.


Tue., Dec. 14 Dallas, TX Comfort and Joy Christmas Tour

St. Paul United Methodist Church

(Advent of Jazz Series)

1816 Routh Street

7:30 p.m.


Sat., Dec. 18 San Angelo, TX Comfort and Joy Christmas Tour

Christian House of Prayer

San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts

One Love Street

6:00 p.m.