Thara Memory & Esperanza Spalding win Grammy for City of Roses instrumental vocal arrangement!

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From the LA Times Grammy liveblog:

“City of Roses” from Esperanza Spalding’s “Radio Music Society” won the instrumental arrangement accompanying vocalists Grammy. The prize went to Spalding and her co-arranger Thara Memory. “Some of you may not know Dr. Thara Memory, but he’s been my teacher since I was 8,” Spalding said. “We had this concept to make this arrangement and have it played by students, his students. These are 16-, 17-year-old students playing this arrangement.” Added Memory: “It’s kind of a surprise to me. The fact that we did use students with this arrangement, I cheated and I love it.”

From OregonLive:

Last spring, just before the release of “Radio Music Society,” Spalding talked about the record, her continued to connections to Portland, and putting Memory’s American Music Institute students to use on a number of tracks.

“I was thinking about ‘City of Roses’ and what do I do now to make it its own entity for this record,” Spalding said (it had appeared in a different form on a Banana Republic compilation). “Thara should be involved, and the kids should be involved. I tried to cram everything that was important to me into the record: mentorship, and youth being involved in music education and jazz education.”

And proving once again that she’s here to stay, Esperanza also won today for Radio Music Society as best jazz vocal recording as well!

Other media mentions:

Esperanza Spalding & Thara Memory – Backstage Thank Yous:

Oregon Music News: And the Grammy goes to…..THARA MEMORY!

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