Esperanza Spalding inspires Dorchester students with visit

“Maybe my favorite song will be written by you."

Esperanza Spalding at the Conservatory Lab Charter School in Dorchester.
Esperanza Spalding at the Conservatory Lab Charter School in Dorchester. –NaBeela Washington/Conservatory Lab Charter School Foundation

Grammy-award winning jazz bassist and vocalist Esperanza Spalding paid a visit to a group of music students at a Dorchester school earlier this week.

The Berklee College of Music grad and current Harvard professor visited one of the two campuses for Dorchester’s Conservatory Lab Charter School on Tuesday, where some approximately 440 students receive daily music instruction.

The school named one of its orchestras in Spalding’s honor, so when she visited, the artist was serenaded by music from the second grade members of the Esperanza Spalding Orchestra. Spalding also workshopped original compositions by two sixth-grade bass players in the school’s Leonard Bernstein Orchestra.

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When asked by one of the students what her favorite song was, Spalding quoted Duke Ellington, saying that perhaps her favorite song hadn’t been written yet, according to a school representative.

“Maybe my favorite song will be written by you,” Spalding said.

Esperanza Spalding at the Conservatory Lab Charter School in Dorchester. —NaBeela Washington/Conservatory Lab Charter School Foundation
Esperanza Spalding at the Conservatory Lab Charter School in Dorchester. —NaBeela Washington/Conservatory Lab Charter School Foundation
Esperanza Spalding at the Conservatory Lab Charter School in Dorchester. —NaBeela Washington/Conservatory Lab Charter School Foundation
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