Kanye earned the sort of soundbite from President Obama—“He’s a jackass”—that you don’t want. The jazz chanteuse and stand-up bassist Esperanza Spalding has received the other kind: The president called her her “wonderful” and jokingly asked her to open for him at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony last year. Now Spalding is touring in support of her latest album, Chamber Music Society. From the funked-up ragtime boogie of “Chacarera” to the spacey sprawl of “Winter Sun,” Spalding manages to slide across the sonic spectrum with freedom and grace. No word on whether the Obamas will attend tonight’s show, but it would probably be better if they stay away. No one wants to sit behind a phalanx of Secret Service agents whispering into their collars all night.
SPALDING PERFORMS AT 7 P.M. AT THE LINCOLN THEATRE, 1215 U ST. NW. $35-$85. (202) 328-6000.