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STUART -- Jazz music has a large following on the Treasure Coast, and the upcoming performance by Esperanza Spalding will be one that can't be missed.
The Portland native received national recognition back in 2009 when she was the only performer at President Obama's Nobel Peace Prize ceremony.
Fans of her earthy vocals celebrated again in 2011, when she won the Grammy Award for Best New Artist.
Ms. Spalding has always been involved in music, starting as a four-year-old child when she first saw YoYo Ma's performance on an episode of Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood.
From there, she taught herself the violin and played with the Chamber Music Society of Oregon. She said she found her true love when she picked up a bass for the first time in high school.
She received a music scholarship to Portland State University while still in high school, and then left that university to attend Berklee School of Music on a full scholarship. She began teaching there when she was 20, and later was credited with becoming the youngest instructor in the institution's history.
So far in her career, she has released four solo albums, and says, "The spotlight can actually directly serve the music."
Esperanza Spalding will be performing at the Lyric Theatre at 7 p.m. on April 20. Tickets are $85. The Lyric Theatre is located at 59 S.W. Flagler Avenue in Stuart.
For more information, call (772) 286-7827 or go online to www.lyrictheatre.com.