Portland's Esperanza Spalding, Thara Memory win Grammys

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by Michael Rollins, KGW Staff

NWCN.com

Posted on February 11, 2013 at 10:25 AM

Updated Monday, Feb 11 at 12:31 PM

LOS ANGELES -- Portland jazz bassist and singer Esperanza Spalding took home two Grammy awards Sunday.

Spalding won for Best Jazz Vocal Album, for "Radio Music Society."

She and trumpeter Thara Memory won for Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalists, for their song "City of Roses," which is on the "Radio Music Society" album.

Memory has been Spalding's music trainer since she was 8 years old.

The instruments in "City of Roses" were played by Memory's high school students in the "American Music Program," which trains students in classical American jazz music.

“It’s kind of a surprise to me," he told the L.A. Times, "The fact that we did use students with this arrangement, I cheated and I love it.”

Spalding won a Grammy two years ago for Best New Artist, beating the heavily-favored Justin Bieber.

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