WASHINGTON, D.C. — Four-Time Grammy Winner — Jazz great Esperanza Spalding and one of the most celebrated songwriters of his generation JD Souther will take the stage for a benefit concert at O Street Museum in The Mansion to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the historic building. All proceeds from the concert will go to support the Artist-in-Residence and Heroes Programs at the O Street Museum Foundation. As part of O Street Museum’s Intimate Music Series Esperanza Spalding and JD Souther will perform their favorites — and perhaps a few surprises — including renowned five-time Gibson Guitar Female Jazz Guitarist of the Year, Leni Stern performing with Esperanza.
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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Four-Time Grammy Winner — Jazz great Esperanza Spalding and one of the most celebrated songwriters of his generation JD Souther will take the stage for a benefit concert at O Street Museum in The Mansion to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the historic building. All proceeds from the concert will go to support the Artist-in-Residence and Heroes Programs at the O Street Museum Foundation. As part of O Street Museum’s Intimate Music Series Esperanza Spalding and JD Souther will perform their favorites — and perhaps a few surprises — including renowned five-time Gibson Guitar Female Jazz Guitarist of the Year, Leni Stern performing with Esperanza. On-line reservations for the concert and dessert reception are required and available at http://www.omuseum.org/benefitconcert.
“I am honored to share my music and support one of my favorite places in the world!” says Spalding. Adding, “Music allows you to think and feel for yourself – it empowers and inspires just like O Museum. I am very proud to support this effort.”
“Performing at O Street is like coming home. I am excited I am able to help celebrate their anniversary and give back to the wonderful community they have built” says JD Souther. “The Museum’s commitment to music and the arts is phenomenal and I am proud to support them.”
“O Street Museum is fabulous — I am always inspired when I visit. I am so happy to be able to share my music and give back to this wonderful institution.” says Leni Stern.
ABOUT ESPERANZA SPALDING
Hailed a prodigy on the acoustic double bass at 15-year-old, Esperanza Spalding has won 4 Grammy awards — including one for Best New Artist in 2011 — making her the first jazz artist to ever win the award. She has distinguished herself through her impassioned improvisatory performances and unique artistic aesthetic that includes elements of blues, funk, jazz, hip-hop, fusion, soul, R&B, and Brazilian musical traditions.
She has toured and played with a host of artists, including Joe Lovano, Patti Austin, Michel Camilo, Charlie Haden, Regina Carter, Pat Metheny, Dave Samuels, and many others.
Spalding has released 5 acclaimed solo albums and appeared on a number of others including: 2008's Esperanza, which scored big with critics and listeners alike. The album topped Billboard's Contemporary Jazz Albums chart and remained on it for over 70 weeks. In addition, it became the best-selling album by a new jazz artist internationally.
In 2010 Spalding released Chamber Music Society, comprised of eight originals and three covers — including Dimitri Tiomkin and Ned Washington's "Wild Is the Wind" and Antonio Carlos Jobim's "Inutil Paisagem The album reached number one on Billboard's Contemporary Jazz Albums chart.
In addition to her Grammys, she has also received the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Jazz Artist, Boston Music Award for Jazz Artist of the Year, Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award for the Performing Arts, Soul Train Music Award for Best Contemporary Jazz Artist/Group, Frida Kahlo Award for Innovative Creativity, and ASCAP Foundation Jazz Vanguard Award.
A newly appointed Professor of Practice at Harvard University — her next project "Exposure" will capture the creative process behind creating and recording a full-length album live on the web.
She will be performing with Leni Stern — Five-time winner of Gibson Guitar’s Female Jazz Guitarist of the Year.
ABOUT JD SOUTHER
One of the architects of the Southern California sound, JD Souther has penned countless hits for everyone from the Eagles, Linda Ronstadt, Roy Orbison, and James Taylor, to Don Henley, George Strait, Trisha Yearwood, and Brooks and Dunn. His chart topping songs include "Heartache Tonight," "Victim Of Love," "New Kid In Town," "Best Of My Love," "How Long," "The Heart Of The Matter,” "Faithless Love," "You're Only Lonely" and "Her Town, Too" which JD co-wrote with James Taylor. The Dixie Chicks 1998 hit “I’ll Take Care of You,” was also written by JD and featured on their album Wide Open Spaces, which sold over 12 million records.
Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2013, Souther has received countless Grammy nominations, in addition to Academy of Country Music Awards, American Music Awards, 21 ASCAP performance awards, and the prestigious ASCAP Golden Note Award in 2009.
JD’s latest album Tenderness — produced by Larry Klein, finds Souther stretching musically, balancing his pop and jazz sensibilities, paying particular homage to his earliest influences, the geniuses of the 20th Century Great American Songbook: Cole Porter particularly, as well as the Gershwins, Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne, Fred Coots, Yip Harburg, and picking up along the way some of the modern grace of Paul Simon and Bob Dylan. His classic albums John David Souther, Black Rose and Home by Dawn have been released as expanded reissues (Omnivore Recordings).
As an actor, he has appeared in the TV Shows Thirtysomething and Nashville, among others.
ABOUT LENI STERN
Leni Stern is a world leader in the jazz tradition of electric guitar playing. For over 20 years she has led critically acclaimed ensembles featuring some of the most notable names in jazz, blues and African music. Stern has also won multiple awards for composition and songwriting. Guitar Player Magazine recently named her one of the 50 Most Sensational Female Guitarists of All-Time in their 50th Anniversary issue.
In recent years Stern decided to follow the path of American jazz and blues back to their roots in West Africa, traveling to Mali, Senegal and Benin to study and perform with the great Salif Keita, Bassekou Kouyate, Toumani Diabete, Ami Sacko, and Baaba Maal. She regularly performed at the Festival Au Desert in Timbuktu and was a featured star in the feature length documentary "The Last Song Before the War" about the historic music festival. Her n'goni (African traditional banjo instrument) playing has been featured on albums by Mike Stern, Lara Bello, Eric Johnson, and many others.
Stern's most recent project is a Trio collaboration with Senegalese artists Alioune Faye and Mamadou Ba. Their latest album "Dakar Suite" is a celebration of the griot tradition that Faye and Ba come from, featuring Faye's percussive family as the driving groove on Stern's poignant and timely original songs which speak of racial justice, environmentalism, love and family.
“We are truly honored to have these amazing artist supporting our mission and performing at our 125th building anniversary celebration, they are true visionaries.” said H.H. Leonards Spero, Founder of The Mansion and O Street Museum.
Proceeds from this benefit concert go to the Artist-in-Residence and Heroes programs at O Street Museum in The Mansion on O Street.
ABOUT THE ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE AND HEROES PROGRAMS
Music provides a haven for the heart and soul for soldiers, service people, first responders and all those who are giving of themselves to serve others. Our heroes provides a supportive, encouraging environment, free from outside pressures - so that they may simply sleep, rest and heal. In addition to loaning Gibson guitars and other musical instruments for heroes to play when they visit, we offer respite for selected participants to help them recharge and renew their mind, body and spirit. A number of tickets from each concert are donated to service people, first responders & all those who are giving of themselves to serve others. Being able to provide Heroes a safe sanctuary to replenish themselves, warms our hearts, and renews our faith, in man-kind.
Previous residents include Mrs. Rosa Parks, Mamie Till-Mobley, and Vietnam war veteran Cordell among others.
Our artist-in-residence program helps anyone with a creative vision to rediscover their heart and muse, by giving them a place to stay, at no cost. We believe creativity comes in many forms -- from writing music to problem solving and beyond. Individuals benefiting from our artist-in-residence program have not just been musicians, writers and artists, but have included lawyers, scientists, athletes and yes, politicians.
Last year we provided over 1,000 room nights to these programs.
Previous residents include Frederick Hart, Warner Williams, Cindy Ridolfino-Grainger, and Tu-2 among others.
ABOUT O STREET MUSEUM FOUNDATION
Our mission is to empower people to do what they love — dare to be different — and have fun. We inspire creativity, diversity, and imagination through the fusion of the arts.
We are dedicated to serving cultural, scientific, and educational growth through the creative process, we foster inner strength and peace through diversity, to provide a unique forum that inspires our guests.
O Street Museum is home to the largest private collection of signed guitars on the east coast, historic letters, rare memorabilia, paintings, photographs, sculpture, books, artifacts, and music, from all over the globe. These works focus on the creative process and celebrate life, culture, all religions, science, education, and more. To learn more about O Street Museum Foundation please visit www.omuseum.org.
ABOUT THE MANSION ON O STREET
With over 100 rooms and 70 secret doors, The Mansion is one of the most unique properties in the world. Conveniently located in historic Dupont Circle, within walking distance to Embassy Row and The White House — The Mansion offers world-class cuisine and an inspiring environment for corporate events, retreats, weddings, parties & private dining.
Named one of the top five historic venues to explore by Smithsonian.com, a Washingtonian Magazine's Hidden Gem and #1 for meetings and events in the world by Event MB — The Mansion has been featured on the Travel Channel's "Mega Mansions" as well as numerous books, and magazines including National Geographic Traveler. To learn more about The Mansion on O Street please visit www.omansion.com.