Archive for October 14, 2011

Acclaimed bassist/singer/composer Esperanza Spalding will donate the dress she wore for her performance at the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize ceremony for President Obama to the Smithsonian National Museum of American History on Monday, October 17, 2011, at 11 a.m.

The National Museum of American History will be collecting from Spalding as part of the museum’s women in jazz initiative, which began last April with Jazz Appreciation Month 2011.

In 2009, Spalding performed at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Oslo, Norway, at the invitation of President Obama. Spalding was most recently recognized for her musical talents in February 2011 when she became the first jazz musicians to win the GRAMMY® Award for Best New Artist. Born in Portland, Oregon, Spalding studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mass., where she went on to become one of the youngest professors in the history of the college at the age of 20.

Chamber Music Society, Spalding’s most recent release, is a brilliant marriage of string and jazz trio, and a showcase for her eclectic sensibilities along with her vocal and compositional talents. Chamber Music Society spent ten weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz Albums charts, and currently sits at No. 4.

Spalding next release, Radio Music Society, is scheduled for February 2012.

Source:  Concord Music Group

An Evening of Champions Benefit Concert, will benefit The Larry English L.E.A.D. Foundation (Leading Education to Athletes for their Dreams) and the American Lung Association’s Fight for Air campaign.

Larry English NFL player and Chairman of the Board for the Larry English L.E.A.D. Foundation was diagnosed with asthma as a child, twelve year old Carey Poindexter, who is the Junior Ambassador for the American Lung Association, is a severe asthmatic. Surpassing all odds, Carey was not expected to live past his 10th birthday. Both Larry and Carey will share their amazing testimonies on how they have battled lung disease in an effort to encourage others to pursue their dreams in spite of any challenges they encounter.

This will truly be “An Evening of Champions” with highly acclaimed recording artists providing entertainment during the evening. 100% of the funds raised during the event, the Silent and Live Auctions will benefit both Foundations. Earl Johnson, Jr. and Jason Weber perform with others at this benefit gala for the Larry English Foundation.

Hall of Champions, 2131 Pan American Plaza, San Diego, California 92101

Saturday, November 12, 2011 – 6:00 pm