Esperanza Spalding, Jazz Singer, Performs On 'The Daily Show' (VIDEO)

04/13/2012 02:35 pm ET | Updated Apr 13, 2012
  • Lee Hernandez Editorial Director & Co-President at

Esperanza Spalding is always surprising people.

Last February, the 27-year-old jazz bassist and singer took everyone by surprise when she beat out pop phenom Justin Bieber for the Best New Artist Grammy at the 53rd annual Grammy Awards

And last night, Spalding—who’s Welsh, Native American, African American and Hispanic— surprised people again when she showed up as a guest on "The Daily Show," and performed her songs “Black Gold,” and “Crowned and Kissed” from her new album “Radio Music Society,” (which peaked at No. 10 on the general chart and No. 1 on the U.S. Jazz chart).

According to, it’s not often that “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart invites singers to perform on the third section of his show.

But this is Esperanza Spalding we’re talking about.

Anyway, the funniest part of Esperanza's appearance happened when the Afro-Latina singer and Stewart talked about what "class of Bass player" John is. Play the video above to watch the hilarious moment.


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