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Esperanza Spalding--- is a jazz bassist, cellist and singer, who draws upon many genres in her own compositions.She has won 4 Grammy Awards, including the Grammy Award for Best New Artist at the 53rd Grammy Awards,making her the first jazz artist to win the award
Patrice Rushen--Composer, Producer, Singer and pianist in the early 1980s, photographed by Bobby Holland. A child prodigy and classically trained pianist, the 1976 USC graduate is best known for her hit songs “Forget Me Nots” “Haven’t You Heard,” and “Remind Me.” And yes, her beautiful headful of braids! Her songs have been sampled countless times, most notably by Will Smith (“Men In Black”) and Mary J. Blige (“You Remind Me”). Ms. Rushen gets about 30 requests every week to sample her music.