I’m missing Geri Allen—the gone-too-soon jazz legend who created white-hot, “explosively brilliant,” and “universe opening” music—something awful. So I never pass up a chance to see her frequent collaborator and next-generation jazz great, Esperanza Spalding. And when she plays with the TEN Trio, the powerhouse jazz supergroup she formed in tribute to Allen, I’m ready to have my mind blown.
Over the course of her frenetic 18-year career, Spalding, a composer, singer, and bassist, has released six albums encompassing straight-ahead jazz and crossover pop fusion. She’s been appointed a music professorship at Harvard University and won the Grammy for best new artist in 2010 and for best jazz vocal album in 2012. Spalding’s TEN Trio collaborator, bandleader and drummer Terri Lyne Carrington, boasts an equally respectable résumé that includes a professorship at Berklee College of Music and a lengthy career as a sidewoman for icons such as Dizzy Gillespie, Herbie Hancock, and Stan Getz.
Spalding and Carrington had previously played together in an all-female combo with Allen, and in her absence, they enlisted acclaimed New Orleans trumpeter and pianist Nicholas Payton—the N to Terri Lyne’s T and Esperanza’s E—to fill in on the melody. Their upcoming show at the acoustically sensitive Murmrr Theatre is one of the trio’s first headlining gigs in NYC. The audience can look forward to masterful musicianship with challenging but accessible compositions.
Why You Should Go: With eight Grammy Awards between the three of them, these luminaries are announcing themselves as next-generation jazz powerhouses to be reckoned with.
TEN: Terri Lyne Carrington, Esperanza Spalding, and Nicholas Payton
17 Eastern Parkway, Prospect Heights
Monday, June 25
$38; $45 at the door