Bassist/singer Esperanza Spalding and pianist Fred Hersch teamed up for a series of shows in 2018 at venerable New York jazz spot and the result is now a recording of their work is being released for a special purpose. Esperanza Spalding & Fred Hersch: Live at the Village Vanguard – Rough Mix EP is a five-song EP capturing the magical interplay between Spalding, Hersch and an audience at the iconic nightclub. The EP, a live rough mix with no edits, is only being offered in the month of June (2020), for a minimum of $17, with all proceeds going towards the Jazz Foundation of America’s continued work of assisting members of the jazz community affected by the current health crisis. In addition to supporting a vital cause, music lovers are in for a great musical experience listening to Spalding, absent her trusty bass, performing some lovely standards with Hersch’s fantastic pianissimo. The listening and response between the two, as well as Spalding’s good-natured banter with the audience, make this an instant classic. Don’t miss the opportunity to pick this one and to help some great musicians at this time. The album is available here: