Esperanza Spalding to Host Night for Freedom Benefit… Bassist, vocalist, composer and bandleader Esperanza Spalding today announced that she will host and perform at a benefit concert for Free the Slaves, a human rights organization dedicated to eradicating slavery and human trafficking worldwide, at City Winery in New York City on Tuesday, December 4 at 8:00 pm. In addition to a live auction and merchandise sale, various ticket levels will be available, including a VIP meet and greet with Spalding. 100% of ticket sales, live auction items, and merchandise will go to Free the Slaves this special evening. City Winery is located at 155 Varick Street, New York, NY. For tickets, please visit: www.citywinery.com/newyork/tickets/a-night-for-freedom-intimate-concert-featuring-esperanza-spalding-to-benefit-free-the-slaves-12-4.html
Spalding will be joined by an exciting lineup of musical friends. In addition to vocalists Bobby McFerrin and Gretchen Parlato – along with other special guests to be announced soon – she will incorporate two groups for the show: a jazz quartet and the Chamber Music Society band.
“This intimate concert with Esperanza is meant to shine a light on the issue of slavery and highlight Free the Slaves’ work ending slavery around the world,” says Sarah Gardner of Free the Slaves. “As this year marks the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, we want to alert the public that the job is not done – there are still millions enslaved around the globe, and we need everyone’s help in bringing slavery to an end once and for all. Free the Slaves is grateful to Esperanza and her team for dedicating her time and voice to this critical problem. And, even more importantly, we are thankful she is sending the message that there is hope – we can end slavery if we work together and listen to the needs of survivors and let them lead our efforts.”
Spalding says, “We come together to celebrate the power of freedom with an eclectic night of music from around the world. I so admire the work that Free the Slaves is doing to abolish slavery – in particular, their philosophy of breaking the cycle of slavery. With their help, former slaves have access to local education and become empowered to create change in their communities and find sustainable freedom. In turn, they can then pass along life saving information to future generations and others still affected by slavery. I’m SO excited and grateful to be able to use my music to bring people together for this very worthy cause.”
Esperanza Spalding has become the first lady of jazz. She played with Stevie Wonder for President Obama at the White House and went on to become the first jazz musician to win a Best New Artist Grammy® with Chamber Music Society. Spalding’s latest release, Radio Music Society, her most diverse, ambitious and masterful recital yet, has spent over thirteen weeks at #1 on Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz chart.
About Free the Slaves:
Free the Slaves is an international human rights non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating slavery and human trafficking worldwide. A pioneer of the modern anti-slavery movement, Free the Slaves was formed in 2000 in response to Kevin Bales’ groundbreaking book, Disposable People, which documented an estimated 27 million men, women and children enslaved in the world. Today, Free the Slaves operates in 600 communities in six countries (India, Nepal, Ghana, DR Congo, Haiti and Brazil) as well as in the U.S. and at the international level. Free the Slaves has more than 10 years of experience in addressing the root causes of slavery through liberation; partnerships with grassroots organizations; community organizing and sustainable rights-based development. Free the Slaves also conducts cutting-edge research, targeted advocacy and public awareness-raising campaigns. For more information, visit: www.freetheslaves.net.