The show is the second installment in of “Jazz Roots: A Larry Rosen Jazz Series.” Rosen, a television executive and Grammy-winning producer, began the series in 2008 in Miami. The Atlanta series kicked off Sept. 21 with musicians Al Jarreau and Ramsey Lewis.
While there will only be two ladies of jazz for Friday’s show, Carrington’s album “The Mosaic Project” incorporated a multitude of the genre’s best. Patrice Rushen, Sheila E., Cassandra Wilson and Spalding were among the women whom Carrington collaborated with for her 2012 Grammy-winning record.
“It was great,” she said of making the album. “It brought together a lot of my good friends and vocalists, people I have known for many years. It has a wide range of people, age groups and cultural backgrounds. It felt like a nice time to make a statement that felt relevant to me for some reason at the time in my life.”
Although Carrington had been approached about doing all-female projects, she was hesitant. She said a show in Israel with Spalding and others was the beginning of getting the ball rolling on the album.
“Most females that are musicians don’t want to be pegged as a female musician,” she said. “I was resistant. Then I looked around one day and realized I was playing with a lot great female musicians.”
Although Carrington has been performing for decades, she said winning the Grammy for the Best Jazz Vocal Album opened her up to a new audience.
“It validates certain things with certain people. Some people always knew and loved me, and other people put me back on their radar screens,” she said. “When you have a fan base, people never fully go away. Hopefully it reminded a few people to remember me and also brought in some new fans as well.”
Spalding won the Grammy for Best New Artist is 2011. Carrington said the vocalist and musician is one of the most talented young performers she has ever come across.
“I absolutely love what she does. I kind of see myself as a big sister to her. We are very close,” Carrington said. “Her show is going to be grand.”
She said Friday night’s concert will involve two different sounds. Carrington will have an instrumental show while Spalding will incorporate vocals.
“Musically, both will be hopefully something that makes people feel like they had a nice, diverse evening out,” Carrington said. “Anything Esperanza does is high-level quality, and I like to think the same of myself.”
“Money Jungle: Provocative in Blue,” Carrington’s next project, was inspired by Duke Ellington’s 1963 “Money Jungle” album. Her version, “a contemporary spin,” will be released on the 50th anniversary of the original next year.
“The things they were talking about in the 1960s are relevant now. It’s the same themes. It’s just a new day,” she said. “The record always had a mystery about it. I always had the idea to cover it for some reason. It’s a way to honor Duke, (Charles) Mingus and Max (Roach) — the three icons of jazz.”
With her music, Carrington said she works “like it’s the last project I’ll ever do. I try to bring a high level of excellence to it.”
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