One on One
Esperanza Spalding
The American jazz artist talks about discovering her unique musical talent, her success, and the future of jazz.
Last Modified: 18 Sep 2010 13:38 GMT

As an accomplished jazz artist still in her early twenties, Esperanza Spalding's unique musical talent is admired by audiences around the world.

By blending various music genres with jazz instruments, she has made a name for herself as one of jazz's most promising young talents.

Spalding recalls the first time she was inspired to play string instruments after watching a children's television programme at home with her mother.

Since then, she has become a self-taught singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist.

She says: "I'm not quite sure how to explain how quickly I could just jump into the music, but I know that right away I definitely had an affinity with improvised music."

So far, her talent has taken her from her birthplace in Oregon, USA to concert venues around the world, including the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in 2010.

Riz Khan discusses these experiences with her, as well as her hopes for the future of jazz music.  

This episode of One on One can be seen from Saturday, September 18, at the following times GMT: Saturday: 0030, 1630; Sunday: 0430, 2330; Monday: 0300, 1230.

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