HMI alumna Esperanza Spalding (‘01) Wins ‘Best New Artist’ Grammy

February 21, 2011 — Coral Gables, FL — Esperanza Spalding, the most celebrated alumna of the Henry Mancini Institute to date, received a Grammy award in the Best New Artist category at the conclusion of the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles on February 13, 2011.

A 26-year old, classically trained jazz/chamber music fusion musician and singer, Spalding has been making headlines in the jazz world since her debut album in 2006 and recently performed at the Hollywood Bowl with Terence Blanchard and Herbie Hancock. While attending the Henry Mancini Institute summer program in 2001, Spalding caught the attention of jazz vocalist Patti Austin and music producer Gregg Field, who hired her to perform a concert in tribute to Ella Fitzgerald. Esperanza Spalding is a Telarc/Heads Up/Concord recording artist.

The Henry Mancini Institute congratulates Esperanza Spalding on her Grammy!

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Esperanza Spalding is a 2001 alumna of the Henry Mancini Institute.