Last year she took a small group of Dutch jazz lovers by storm, butafter that: silence. It's nothing but the calm before the storm, ifwe are to believe Esperanza Spalding herself. The lovely lady fromPortland is a cross between Norah Jones, Nina Simone and RonCarter. Having fun with the audience is truly her stuff. 'I'vealways had some sort of audience fetish. In grade school I alwayswanted to be in the front row during theater shows andperformances. And I always was. I constantly tried to steal thelimelight from everyone else. That urge to receive attention hasnever left me.' It is obvious when Spalding performs on stage. Sheonly plays with experienced musicians. And without forcing it shedoes command everyone's attention. Her second album Esperanza thatwas released last year is a perfect combination of her talents. Hervoice, her lyrical bass playing and talent for writing songs makeher an irresistible artist. She can also be heard on the CD FolkArt, the recent work by sax player Joe Lovano. This New Yorker wasone of her teachers at the Berklee College of Music in Boston.