On tonight’s Travelin’ Music, Justin Bieber … NOT!

When I heard that some unknown jazz newcomer had beaten out the hyperpopular Justin Bieber as Best New Artist at the Grammys last weekend, I was intrigued.

When I learned that the artist in question, Esperanza Spalding, played a stand-up bass — my favorite jazz instrument — and also sang — I love female vocalists — well, it wasn’t hard to pick this week’s kickoff tune for Travelin’ Music.

Here is Miss Spalding performing in a recent tribute to Stevie Wonder at the White House. (I don’t believe I’ve ever featured Stevie, which is a terrible injustice to the man that I’ll have to correct soon.)

655 comments Add your comment

0311/0317 - 1811/1801

February 18th, 2011
5:15 pm

Mick

February 18th, 2011
5:16 pm

Talk about making it look easy! Great pick jay…

jewcowboy

February 18th, 2011
5:16 pm

My new favorite:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rYEDA3JcQqw

Reminds me of something you would here on a Mad Men trailer.

jewcowboy

February 18th, 2011
5:16 pm

hear…not here.

0311/0317 - 1811/1801

February 18th, 2011
5:17 pm

Mick

February 18th, 2011
5:18 pm

AmVet

February 18th, 2011
5:18 pm

Jay, it was getting ugly downstairs!

Just kidding, but that godless heathen was talking sedition in regards to no music! (And I dutifully joined in!)

Nice, nice selection.

Back in the day, Stevie, along with Sir Paul and TR, was one of a tiny handful who could play all of the instruments on any given record.

A true genius and an American treasure.

I foresee many good things ahead for Ms. Spalding…

Just one of many Stevie Wonder favorites…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fihlBfuA2B4

jewcowboy

February 18th, 2011
5:28 pm

Mick

February 18th, 2011
5:29 pm

1975 was a very good year, this is what I remember-
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_zuKklBRlzY

getalife

February 18th, 2011
5:31 pm

godless heathen

February 18th, 2011
5:35 pm

Ahhhh! Friday is complete. Cold suds, new charcoal grill. Some burgers with extra fat to drip on the Kingsford.

Excellant choice, Jay.

Dusty

February 18th, 2011
5:35 pm

hmmm…. the music is forgetable. The hair….never…

N-GA

February 18th, 2011
5:37 pm

@jewcowbot – When does the new Mad Men season begin?

godless heathen

February 18th, 2011
5:37 pm

Stevie Wonder is ought of sight!

jewcowboy

February 18th, 2011
5:38 pm

They will be at the Buckhead theater on the 25th:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DDDyD0Hj5n0

Oh…and this particular video is for Bosch and Paul.

godless heathen

February 18th, 2011
5:38 pm

godless heathen

February 18th, 2011
5:39 pm

After my visit to Canada I’ve been spelling things strangely.

TnGelding

February 18th, 2011
5:39 pm

Overjoyed indeed!

Shh! Don’t expose the WH’s wild parties!

Mick

February 18th, 2011
5:39 pm

stands for decibels

February 18th, 2011
5:41 pm

Nice pick, Jay. I appreciate your efforts to keep me from trudging down the well worn indie/punk-rock path I forever find myself trudging down.

It’s also a reminder that while Presidentin’ is Hard Work, it must be pretty cool to be able to have talent like this show up to play for you.

jewcowboy

February 18th, 2011
5:42 pm

N-GA,

It was supposed to be Summer, but I’ve heard they are pushing back until Fall. I hope not…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D0uCm08fahw

0311/0317 - 1811/1801

February 18th, 2011
5:43 pm

It’s a good think Obama is not a Clinton or she would be toast !

AmVet

February 18th, 2011
5:43 pm

For Bro SoCo, likely from one of the only white kids from Kansas who ever bought <Skin Tight…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZHLz5ZcVVLc

stands for decibels

February 18th, 2011
5:44 pm

Speaking of Stevie, here’s the first single of his that I remember as a kid.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9pYux5-d1Es

my baby needs me/that’s why we made it through the years…

N-GA

February 18th, 2011
5:48 pm

SFD – You’re too damn young! I was in boarding school when this came out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EIfgwNJkCMI

josef nix

February 18th, 2011
5:49 pm

Nice choice…

jewcowboy

February 18th, 2011
5:54 pm

37,

“It’s a good think Obama is not a Clinton or she would be toast ”

Naw…she’s too pretty..and her hips aren’t nearly wide enough.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J1c2KzJbcGA

Mick

February 18th, 2011
5:55 pm

Stevie playing drums with a certain guitarist-
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6n7HZYulzvY

stands for decibels

February 18th, 2011
5:58 pm

Stevie playing drums with a certain guitarist-

holy crap. Never heard that, thanks!

josef nix

February 18th, 2011
5:58 pm

Mick

February 18th, 2011
5:59 pm

Got to head out but nice guy, you ain’t-
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSvnn4ky4d8

jewcowboy

February 18th, 2011
6:01 pm

josef nix,

It’s not a toomah…

Lady49

February 18th, 2011
6:03 pm

AmVet

February 18th, 2011
6:04 pm

Seeya Miami Mick.

As always great selections, buddy…(You rock.)

godless heathen

February 18th, 2011
6:04 pm

Ms. Spalding is sure easy on the eyes as well as the ears. The diastema can be overlooked.

jewcowboy

February 18th, 2011
6:07 pm

Gotta jet…but I’ll leave you with the song that has been in my head for the past 3 days:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zHjtij5vZfA

AmVet

February 18th, 2011
6:07 pm

Lady49, sweet.

As you probably already know, we like to mix up all that chocolate, vanilla, and every other flavor we can.

From one of the greatest “comeback” records ever…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Ysh1c0hmfo

josef nix

February 18th, 2011
6:08 pm

Kamchak

February 18th, 2011
6:08 pm

Geez Jay, I’ve been posting some of Ms. Spalding’s work for a few weeks now. Glad you finally noticed.

Southern Comfort (E.O.I.)

February 18th, 2011
6:10 pm

AmV

That’s a good one there…. What do you know about this one here:
http://vimeo.com/5200312

Bruno

February 18th, 2011
6:11 pm

If we’re talking stand up bass, John Kahn is one of the best:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FC-WXvGsb5Y

stands for decibels

February 18th, 2011
6:14 pm

justin bieber

February 18th, 2011
6:16 pm

Dudley (can the people on tv see me?)

February 18th, 2011
6:17 pm

Who was the bassist for the stray cats? He played a stand up bass damn well.

jt

February 18th, 2011
6:20 pm

The missing tooth of Ms. Spaulding only heightens her sexiness.
Can’t appreciate Jazz unless I have an expensive drink in my hand.

Here is the best imho Stevie.And the best year imho.And this bass isn’t too shabby either.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6tCeAZ1nQjk

AmVet

February 18th, 2011
6:21 pm

Love George Clinton.

(What’s happenin’ blood?)

I’ve even got a Bootsy record, man.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jdIGKpKQ1W0

(I’m pretty fly for a white guy…)

Dudley (can the people on tv see me?)

February 18th, 2011
6:21 pm

Lee Rocker is his name

josef nix

February 18th, 2011
6:22 pm

SoCo

Channeling Nagin, ‘ere ye? :-)

Lady49

February 18th, 2011
6:22 pm

AmVet..that was really nice…and one of my all time favorites….

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UDRLZFgEoGw

Southern Comfort (E.O.I.)

February 18th, 2011
6:26 pm

AmV

I’m gonna have to petition for your honorary pass bro!!! :)

Gotta do one for those in the ME and Wisconsin who want to stand up against those who wish to force their will on others in the least democratic way possible…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_t13-0Joyc
*Warning: Language (the MF word) included. If you’re easily offended, you may wish to skip.

Southern Comfort (E.O.I.)

February 18th, 2011
6:26 pm

josef

I love me some CC, and it’s vanilla suburbs…. :) Check out my 6:26….
I’m getting a little rowdy this weekend

stands for decibels

February 18th, 2011
6:30 pm

For the Egyptians tasting freedom this weekend…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ba7a9pZM6_I&feature=fvwrel

oh what could be my destiny another day…

Dudley (can the people on tv see me?)

February 18th, 2011
6:32 pm

Lee Rocker. Great name for a rock star. Almost as cool as Idol!

Lady49

February 18th, 2011
6:33 pm

AmVet

February 18th, 2011
6:34 pm

SoCo, as you and I have discussed before, that record is really a mind blower. On a lot of levels. I discovered it years after it came out and was blown away by the talent, the musical and lyrical themes and the production quality.

Lady49, I’ve always been all over the place musically. I remember back in the 90s discovering this program on NPR called Afro Pop Worldwide.

http://www.afropop.org/

Not too surprising, as I came of age musically listening to this revolutionary…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ozLHwHcXIvk

Bruno

February 18th, 2011
6:35 pm

One of the greatest bass performances in rock history:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BsRdT9hwqGs&feature=related

I’m hoping this tune will conjure up the spirit of Matti^^^^^^^

Hillbilly Deluxe

February 18th, 2011
6:38 pm

Dudley (can the people on tv see me?)

February 18th, 2011
6:41 pm

The greatest bassist ever is………………….Geddy Lee of Rush. Btw, Rush is the only reason we haven’t nukes Canada. Celine and beiber are the main reasons we should.

Jk

Southern Comfort (E.O.I.)

February 18th, 2011
6:42 pm

Southern Comfort (E.O.I.)

February 18th, 2011
6:43 pm

AmV

That album is one of the reasons I have no taste for the current breed of rappers. They have no idea of the potential they have when they grab the microphone. Those who won’t stand for something will fall for anything. PE is one of the catalysts that got me into studying history.

josef nix

February 18th, 2011
6:43 pm

SoCo

I did. You are!

…oh, and AmVet…here ya go… from downstairs earlier,

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJ9r8LMU9bQ

AmVet

February 18th, 2011
6:44 pm

B, I almost played some Squire earlier.

When I get back, I’ll blast some of the greatest bass guitarist in rock history.

There was a brief confab downstairs about fine art, and it reminded me of this…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XBKYMae5twI

Out for awhile.

stands for decibels

February 18th, 2011
6:44 pm

Well, dinner awaits. probably done here–pleasant evening, all.

and Bruno @ 6.35, yeah, nice bass work there, but I like my great bass performances in a somewhat more concise setting…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZzLky4U-xCg
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZzLky4U-xCg

Hillbilly Deluxe

February 18th, 2011
6:45 pm

josef nix

February 18th, 2011
6:47 pm

SoCo

But….do you study MAJOR historians? :-)

Lady49

February 18th, 2011
6:49 pm

Amvet thanks for the link. I will check it out. I must run now but not without this tune…My daughter likes this song and has made her ringtone on her cellphone from it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJhWaPDNTz0

Hillbilly Deluxe

February 18th, 2011
6:49 pm

A Willie Dixon penned tune, sung by another pretty good bass player.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c9dt88-BlIM

Hillbilly Deluxe

February 18th, 2011
6:50 pm

But….do you study MAJOR historians?

I’m guessing I missed something downstairs? :lol:

Southern Comfort (E.O.I.)

February 18th, 2011
6:51 pm

josef

Not as of yet. I’m still busy picking thru the smaller guys. I wanna make sure some of them get some readership. ;)

Bruno

February 18th, 2011
6:51 pm

SC @ 6:42–I’ll see your Larry Graham and raise you a Janice-Marie Johnson:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nvIydHPhb98&feature=related

josef nix

February 18th, 2011
6:55 pm

AmVet…

Well, if we’re reliving our revolutionary past…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rGaRtqrlGy8

Southern Comfort (E.O.I.)

February 18th, 2011
7:02 pm

josef nix

February 18th, 2011
7:03 pm

Hillbilly

Not downstairs…earlier when I got taken to the woodshed…SoCo didn’t though, and he did it, too!
:-)

Bruno

February 18th, 2011
7:04 pm

sfd @ 6:44–John Entwistle definitely could play the bass as a lead instrument. Hard to beleive he’s been dead 9 years now.

SC–Virdeen was no slouch on the bass either:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vwc0AW67CmA

[...] This post was mentioned on Twitter by news4trends.com, 10 TOP MUSIC. 10 TOP MUSIC said: On tonight’s Travelin’ Music, Justin Bieber … NOT! – Atlanta Journal Constitution (blog): When I heard that some… http://bit.ly/hCTXHX [...]

Hillbilly Deluxe

February 18th, 2011
7:10 pm

josef

When I see the phrase “all major historians”, “all major scientists”, or “all major economists”, in these columns, I know it’s time for me to check out. ;-)

Moderate Line

February 18th, 2011
7:12 pm

Man has knife blade removed from his skulled. Was not aware it was there. Amazing!

http://www.comcast.net/video/Doctors-Find-Blade-Lodged-in-Mans-Skull/1803499750/ABCNews/newest/

Bruno

February 18th, 2011
7:18 pm

I guess I better throw out a shout for Jack Bruce. AmVet, when you check back in, this one goes out to you, brother:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ho-teZSjgZY

Southern Comfort (E.O.I.)

February 18th, 2011
7:18 pm

Virdeen was no slouch on the bass either:

You’ll get no argument from me on that one. Those guys have influenced so many, that it goes beyond funk and r&b nowadays…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C6jElKMMOWM&feature=related

@@

February 18th, 2011
7:21 pm

In celebration of my birthday, I sat shoulder to shoulder with Leon Redbone at a table for two. Spent an hour talkin’ ’bout this and that. A very nice man.

Thanks, Leon.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9XHmcFRNbU&playnext=1&list=PLB2CAA887AEBE5FF9

Hillbilly Deluxe

February 18th, 2011
7:26 pm

@@

Happy birthday, whenever your birthday is. (IWH)

Bruno

February 18th, 2011
7:29 pm

One more from Cream:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ngIxuGOVGeQ

Catch you all later……..

RW-(the original)

February 18th, 2011
7:29 pm

josef nix

February 18th, 2011
7:32 pm

Southern Comfort (E.O.I.)

February 18th, 2011
7:36 pm

Happy Birthday @@!!!!!!

LOL @ RW!!!!

Quite appropriate…

Hillbilly Deluxe

February 18th, 2011
7:40 pm

josef nix

February 18th, 2011
7:50 pm

RW

And for them from Wisconsin’s great musician to them up there…wherever up there is…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yAh1IMGexH8

Southern Comfort (E.O.I.)

February 18th, 2011
7:54 pm

Y’all enjoy the evenin’.. Time for daddy/daughter time…

Later!!!!!

Dave R.

February 18th, 2011
7:55 pm

josef, your 5:58 should have been opened by just about everybody on that last thread.

0311/0317 - 1811/1801

February 18th, 2011
7:55 pm

Redneck Convert (R--and proud of it)

February 18th, 2011
8:05 pm

Well, I got to admit I’m a little jealous of @@ setting next to Leon Redbone. Even us rednecks like his music. And I got it on a note pad @@’s birthday is February 14. She told us that herself a few weeks ago.

Tho you won’t thank me for hauling the stuff you’re drinking tonight, I want you to have good music swapping and goodnight everybody.

josef nix

February 18th, 2011
8:15 pm

DAVE R..

This feller’s got a lot of friends on the blog, don’t he…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XrNl6-j9×5w

@@

February 18th, 2011
8:18 pm

Thank you, Hillbilly and Soco.

I asked Leon to sing “Seduced”….he sang a bit but then said “You wouldn’t be so inclined were you to see the guy who wrote that song….a really short fellow.”

Speaking of teachers unions….just read where the CTU (Chicago Teachers Union) has endorsed this guy for city alderman.

Named after Che Guevara and a big fan of Che’s.

It’s inconceivable that a bunch of teachers would support a self-proclaimed revolutionary who romanticizes about Che Guevara. They need to read Alvaro Vargas Llosa’s “The Che Guevara Myth and the Future of Liberty”.

josef nix

February 18th, 2011
8:21 pm

well, somebody had to…all hail wisconsin,,,

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_bvT-DGcWw

josef nix

February 18th, 2011
8:38 pm

@@

You never cease to amaze me! A LOT of people need to read Vargas Llosa…

jewcowboy

February 18th, 2011
8:39 pm

stands for decibels,

“Who among us does not love Aimee Mann?”

I love Aimee Mann. I was trying to find “Reason to Believe” by her and Michael Penn.

I’ll have to settle for this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hBgVJMuSh-I

DebbieDoRight

February 18th, 2011
8:40 pm

Loved your selections Lady49, jewcowboy and AmVet (you’re pretty fly for a white guy :) )

Here’s my contribution. I’ve always loved this artist’s voice and her control and since the theme is jazz/female artists, I am more than happy to share her with you guys. Have a good friday everybody.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uucSuUiKvcg

jewcowboy

February 18th, 2011
8:44 pm

josef nix @ 7.50,

Here is a tribute to Liberace…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z4a8QtvOkBQ

@@

February 18th, 2011
8:46 pm

josef:

I used to be pretty liberal. Did a little romanticizing myself. The truth set me free.

Group says Gov. Scott Walker threatened to send out the National Guard if workers protest his proposed changes to bargaining laws

Who are they?

Progressive Change Campaign Committee

Citizen Action of Wisconsin

BIG LIE! PANTS-ON-FIRE LIE!!!!

Media that repeated the lie?

Milwaukee-based Biz Times Daily

The Associated Press

Milwaukee public radio station WUWM-FM

jewcowboy

February 18th, 2011
8:47 pm

DebbieDoRight @ 8.40,

Here is one for you and josef nix: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3mRK5A45Qrc