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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.
- On how recording in the studio can be a double-edged sword in “Esperanza Spalding: Insubordinate by Nature” in Pitchfork (March 8, 2016)
- …There's no secret, no shortcut. Once you accept that being a writer or a creator is just really hard and takes a lot of hours of slogging through crappy first drafts, you just keep producing, and then you turn around and it's done. That's the magic.
- On becoming a writer in “Esperanza Spalding Talks Recording an Album in 77 Hours, Sexism in Music & Nicki Minaj” in Billboard (September 22, 2017)
- I want to have a beneficial effect on your physiology, but it’s not my business what happens after that…It’s my gift to you.
- On the healing effects that she hopes her music provides in “Esperanza Spalding Wants to Connect You to Your Body” in Vanity Fair (September 25, 2018)
- 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.
- On giving her music a magical quality in “Esperanza Spalding Wants to Connect You to Your Body” in Vanity Fair (September 25, 2018)