Esperanza Spalding and Fred Hersch
Singer, bassist, and songwriter Esperanza Spalding and pianist and composer Fred Hersch are releasing a five-song EP recorded live at Village Vanguard, with all proceeds benefitting the Jazz Foundation of America. The performances, selected from a weekend run at the Vanguard in October 2018 and offered as rough mixes, with no edits, are a reminder of what jazz can be – creative, daring, subversive, and yes, fun. These are two superior artists working at a high level, often suggesting dancers changing roles on the fly, now leading, now following, challenging, and teasing each other while tiptoeing and turning on a ledge. The results are often spellbinding.
The EP will be sold exclusively for download through Bandcamp, with all proceeds benefitting the Jazz Foundation of America and the organization’s efforts to assist members of the jazz community impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. It will be available only through June for a minimum of $17, with additional donations encouraged on a pay-what-you-wish basis.
The EP can be purchased at https://esperanzaspaldingfredhersch.bandcamp.com