Esperanza Spalding

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Esperanza Spalding in 2015

Esperanza Emily Spalding (October 18, 1984) is an American jazz bassist and singer.


  • There’s two sides of the coin: One where people don't expect you to do anything and won't let you do anything because they think you don't know how, and then the other side is when you're fucking up but they won't tell you because you're a girl. Then you don’t learn.
  • Alchemy and magic are about how mundane, benign, and abundant materials can have an effect that is greater than the sum of their parts. To me, creativity is alchemy.

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