June 8: Esperanza Selects Live

To celebrate the opening of the exhibition, Esperanza Spalding Selects, musician and four-time Grammy Award-winner Esperanza Spalding curates an evening with musicians Nadia Washington, Mezcalitos, and Rose and the Nightingale.

Cocktails at Cooper Hewitt

Thursday Evenings, 6:00–9:00 p.m.
June 8–August 24, 2017

The popular summer performance series in Cooper Hewitt’s Arthur Ross Terrace and Garden. All ages welcome. Held rain or shine. Cocktails and light fare for purchase.

$13 per performance online/$15 at door.


About the artists

Nadia Washington

Nadia Washington is a singer-songwriter hailing from Dallas, Texas who has shared the stage with esteemed artists such as Esperanza Spalding, Lalah Hathaway, and George Duke. Washington recently received a Grammy for her work as a singer, writer, and arranger for Dianna Reeves’ Beautiful Life album in 2015.

Photograph of Deneka Peniston.


Comprised of Argentine musician and composer Leonardo Genovese, Gerald Cleaver, and Daniel Blake.

Image of Leo Genovese.

Rose and the Nightingale

New York-based chamber jazz ensemble Rose and the Nightingale blurs the boundaries of jazz, folk, and world music, and features intricate and tight vocal harmonies, fiery improvisations, and an unusual instrumentation of three voices, violin, cello, piano, and trumpet. The group’s name is inspired by  a line of Rumi poetry: “Rose and the Nightingale,/Lost in the Fragrance,” and the group’s art songs feature lyrics of poetry celebrating the nexus of spirituality and nature.