*Esperanza Spalding has announced world tour dates beginning April 18, 2012, as the bassist, vocalist and composer unveils the brilliant compositions of her new release, Radio Music Society into a dynamic “big band” format.

It has not taken Spalding long to emerge as one of the brightest lights in the musical world. Listeners familiar with her stunning 2008 Heads Up International debut, Esperanza, and her best-selling 2010 release Chamber Music Society, were well aware that the young bassist, vocalist and composer from Portland, Oregon was the real deal, with a unique and style-spanning presence, deeply rooted in jazz yet destined to make her mark far beyond the jazz realm. That judgment was confirmed on February 13, 2011, when Spalding became the first jazz musician to receive the GRAMMY® Award for Best New Artist.

Spalding’s latest release, Radio Music Society, set for March 20, 2012, is her most diverse, ambitious and masterful recital yet. Each of the 12 songs are accompanied by conceptual music videos, which further express her inspiration and story behind each track. Shot in various locations including New York City, Barcelona and Portland, all videos will be available to purchasers of Radio Music Society as a digital download or a DVD on the deluxe version.

Upcoming national TV appearances for Spalding include the Late Show with David Letterman, The View and Jimmy Kimmel Live. Look for features on Radio Music Society in O! Magazine, Vogue, Elle, Marie Claire, Latina Style, Glamour, W Magazine, Essence, Vibe, Men’s Journal and Hemispheres in-flight magazine, as well as USA Today, the New York Times, Associated Press and the Wall Street Journal, among others.

Fans of Spalding who purchase tickets thru Ticketmaster will receive a free song download of “City of Roses” from Radio Music Society, and in celebration of Black History Month, can purchase the e-single “Black Gold” (which includes a music video) on iTunes beginning February 7.

April 18 – Buffalo, NY – Center for the Arts – tickets onsale January 20

April 19 – Cleveland, OH – Metro Campus Auditorium – tickets onsale January 20

April 21 – New York, NY – Webster Hall – tickets onsale January 20

April 22 – Boston, MA – Orpheum Theatre – tickets onsale January 17

April 24 – Seattle, WA – Paramount Theatre – tickets onsale January 27

April 25 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom – tickets onsale January 27

April 27 – Hollywood, CA – The Music Box – tickets onsale January 21

April 28 – Phoenix, AZ – JW Desert Ridge Jazz Festival – tickets onsale January 16

May 1 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues – tickets onsale January 16

May 2 – Houston, TX – House of Blues – tickets onsale January 16

May 3 – New Orleans, LA – New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival – tickets on sale now

May 5 – Austin, TX – Paramount Theatre – tickets onsale January 20

May 23 – Paris, France – La Cigale – tickets onsale TBD

May 28 – London, UK – KoKo – tickets onsale TBD

June 27 – Ottawa, ON – Ottawa Jazz Festival – tickets onsale TBD

June 29 – Montreal, QC – Metropolis Theatre – tickets onsale now

June 30 – Saratoga Springs, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts Center – tickets onsale TBD

More dates will be announced in the coming weeks. Follow the Radio Music Society online at: www.esperanzaspalding.com

For more information:

Mike Wilpizeski at 718-459-2117

Mike.Wilpizeski@concordmusicgroup.com