Last night I trekked from the Jazz Standard, where I caught the second bit of Esperanza Spalding's sold out three-set marathon, up to Port Authority, where my chariot awaited. I settled into my seat on the DeCamp, and pulled out from my poorly aging purse the last issue of Domino, which I'd picked up before hitting the show. On the back cover I spied a gorgeous girl who, amusingly enough, looked just like Esperanza.
Imagine my delight when I read the fine print and discovered that it was in fact her. She, along with nine other artists (including Nigerian-German soul singer Ayo), is featured in Banana Republic's City Stories spring ad campaign.
Don't let the smokey eyes and sexy posturing fool you; Esperanza is all spunk and funk and is not at all too cool to BURN.