Having grown up in Portland, Oregon, Esperanza is aptly named, embracing a great swathe of cultures due to her heritage and also her love of Brazilian, and Portuguese, music. She is a wonderful bassist and vocalist, unusually singing and playing the upright bass, which really sets her apart from most of her peers. She has a deep interest in Portuguese songs, citing “the phrasing of the melody is intrinsically linked with the language – and it’s beautiful..” I agree with her, you can hear it particularly in the Fado music of Portugal – check out Mariza if you haven’t already done so. As a bassist/vocalist myself, I’m delighted to have, albeit belatedly, discovered this fabulous artist. Listen to her here on the Jimmy Kimmel show, and the ease with which her and the band move between tempos. Wonderful!