From Esperanza Spalding Performs For Obama At Ceremony

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In a first for the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony, President Barack Obama
asked to have jazz played after his acceptance speech, instead of
classical music. As Nobel Committee Secretary Geir Lundestad put it,
“We have a new type of laureate, we’ll have a new type of music.”

And the musician President Obama handpicked is 25-year-old jazz
vocalist and bassist Esperanza Spalding. Sporting a signature ‘fro and
upright bass, the Oregon native is known for her spirited renditions
on jazz classics. She’s made a name for herself in jazz circuits; her
second album, “Esperanza” garnered her the kind of critical acclaim
every new artists crave for. She’s also the youngest faculty member at
Berklee Music College in Boston. Not bad for a girl who taught herself
to play violin after watching cellist Yo Yo Ma on “Mister Roger’s
Neighborhood”. And to have the Obama’s as your biggest fans must just
be the icing on the cake.

Spalding will also be performing at tomorrow’s Nobel Peace Prize concert.

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