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  • "I decided that I was just happy to be a visitor from the liberated realm of jazz, and I decided then, whatever happens, I always want to be surveyor of the territory," said Spalding, who grew up studying classical music in Portland, Ore., before switching to jazz in her teens. "I want to be the one deciding what my art means, how it's presented, even if that means not becoming a pop superstar."

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  • "It was really focused on composition and the intimacy of classical music and jazz-improvised music, and to me, that seems like it would be received by a smaller audience, yet there it is with a nomination on such a broad field," she said.

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