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Esperanza Spalding added to Clearwater Jazz Holiday lineup




The Clearwater Jazz Holiday has added another name to its 2012 lineup, and it should go a long way toward appeasing fans who didn't think its initial slate of headliners -- Bonnie Raitt and the Avett Brothers -- were "jazzy" enough.

Jazz bassist Esperanza Spalding, winner of the 2011 Grammy for Best New Artist -- ahead of Justin Bieber, Drake, Mumford and Sons and Florence and the Machine -- will headline the Jazz Holiday on Saturday night with her Radio Music Society band. Spalding is the splashiest new face to emerge in jazz in recent years, and this, to the best of our knowledge, is her first local show since winning the Grammy, so there should be plenty of curious onlookers (and maybe a few angry Beliebers?)

The full schedule appears to be mostly set for the 2012 Clearwater Jazz Holiday, Oct. 18-21 at Coachman Park in Clearwater. Kicking things off on Thursday is Bonnie Raitt, along with Maia Sharp and Carol Stein and Friends. On Friday, it's Mindi Abair and Friends featuring Jeff Golub and David Pack, plus Down To The Bone and a reunion performance by Common Ground. On Saturday it's the Esperanza Spalding Music Society along with Kurt Elling, Tia Fuller Quartet, El Nino Garcia and the Latin Knights and Pat Close and the Groove. And on Sunday, it'll be the Avett Brothers, Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds, the Cave Dwellers featuring the Reinhardt Brothers and the Ruth Eckerd Hall/Clearwater Jazz Holiday Youth Jazz Band.

This, as you may know, is also the first year in its 33-year history that the Jazz Holiday is charging for tickets. It'll cost you $10 to get in (children 12 and younger are still free). Click here for all the details on the festival.

To get you excited, check out the poster for this year's event, designed by Colombian-born artist Ramirez Cortino. It's posted after the jump.

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 27, 2012 10:23am]


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