By now, you probably know Esperanza Spalding as the Portland jazz bass phenomenon who bumped Justin Bieber for Best New Artist at the 2011 Grammys, leaving national industry heavies whispering, “Who?” while Portland orgs like the PDX Jazz Festival and Hush Records exchanged knowing smiles, having long since recognized her breezy soprano, bouyant bass, and inspired song-craft as world-class. Well, Esperanza and her bass are blowing through town next Tuesday, and tickets are still available to catch her at the Gerding Theater. Go greet this hometown hero who, in our book, beats Bieber any day of the week—even Tuesday.


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