Esperanza Spalding


What can’t Esperanza Spalding do? Outside of Norah Jones, the Grammy winner has the highest profile of any jazz musician under 40, and certainly the biggest hair, with crossover success on the classically influenced Chamber Music Society and its Stevie Wonder-inspired companion piece, Radio Music Society, released last spring. She’s bringing the latter’s more radio-friendly large-scale group to the Apollo, with a heavy soul undertone that better suits the hallowed hall. Originally a bassist, she’s come into her own as a singer and composer, but Spalding has held onto the earthy aesthetic on which she made her name.

Fri., Oct. 26, 8 p.m., 2012