#WCW: Esperanza Spalding, The Classic(al) Beauty

Esperanza Spalding, the four-time Grammy Award winning jazz bassist, cellist and singer, will take the ESSENCE Fest stage for the first time in 2015. 


Gia Peppers Mar, 11, 2015

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2015 ESSENCE Fest performer, Esperanza Spalding and Stevie Wonder perform onstage during Stevie's 18th annual House Full of Toys Benefit Concert at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles, California.

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Not only do we love 29-year-old cellist, Esperanza Spalding's music, but her hair is everything. We love that her big, fluffy fro is part of her signature look.

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Esperanza Spalding attends day 2 of the 4th Annual WIE Symposium at Center 548 in New York City.

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Esperanza Spalding opted for her trademark mane move—a fab, fearless 'fro— for her Grammy appearance.

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Eclectic Esperanza wears an Eden Diodati look in a print that's out of this world. Fab or drab?

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The jazz world cheered when Esperanza Spalding won Best New Artist at the 2011 Grammy Awards, making her the first jazz artist to win the award. A bassist and vocalist, Spalding has risen from her humble beginnings in Portland, Oregon to becoming one of the most sought after jazz musicians. She still gives back to the music world by teaching at her alma mater, Berklee College of Music.

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Esperanza Spalding performs during the Newport Jazz Festival 2013 at Fort Adams State Park in Newport, Rhode Island.

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We don’t know what’s more impressive — Esperanza Spalding’s amazing Grammy-winning music… or her perfectly shaped, lustrous afro! “It certainly makes me ‘identifiable’ when I show up with my Afro, but, to me, that’s the most obvious way to wear my hair,” Spalding said in an interview with CurlyNikki. “I think of myself as an artist, as a musician, and I’m happy that my hair is just one more way that I can express myself.”

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Esperanza Spalding performs during the 2012 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival at the Fair Grounds Race Course in Louisiana.

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Esperanza Spalding attended the 53rd Grammy Awards in a pinned-up style with her signature kinky-curly coils. You can get Esperanza’s red-carpet worthy look by pinning the back of your hair into a chignon, leaving the front out.