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|Born||May 31, 1972|
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US
|Genres||Jazz, jazz fusion, big band|
|Instruments||Double bass, bass guitar|
|Labels||Verve, Warner Bros., Ropeadope, Mack Avenue|
Christian McBride (born May 31, 1972) is an American jazz bassist, composer and arranger. He has appeared on more than 300 recordings as a sideman, and is a seven-time Grammy Award winner.
McBride has performed and recorded with a number of jazz musicians and ensembles, including Freddie Hubbard, McCoy Tyner, Herbie Hancock, Pat Metheny, Joe Henderson, Diana Krall, Roy Haynes, Chick Corea, Wynton Marsalis, Eddie Palmieri, Joshua Redman, and Ray Brown's "SuperBass" with John Clayton, as well as with pop, hip-hop, soul and classical musicians like Sting, Paul McCartney, Celine Dion, Isaac Hayes, The Roots,Queen Latifah, Kathleen Battle, Renee Fleming, Carly Simon, Bruce Hornsby, and James Brown.
McBride was born in Philadelphia on May 31, 1972.After starting on bass guitar, McBride switched to double bass and studied at the Juilliard School.
McBride joined saxophonist Bobby Watson's group at the age of 17. From age 17 to 22, McBride played in the bands of older musicians such as Watson, Freddie Hubbard, Benny Golson, George Duke, Milt Jackson, J. J. Johnson and Hank Jones, as well as his peers such as Roy Hargrove, Benny Green, and Joshua Redman. In 1996, jazz bassist Ray Brown formed a group called SuperBass with McBride and fellow Brown protégé John Clayton. The group released two albums: SuperBass: Live at Scullers (1997) and SuperBass 2: Live at the Blue Note (2001).
McBride was a member of saxophonist Joshua Redman's Quartet in the early 1990s with pianist Brad Mehldau and drummer Brian Blade. McBride began leading his own groups in 1995 after the release of his debut album Gettin' to It (Verve). Saxophonist Tim Warfield, pianists Charles Craig and Joey Calderazzo, and drummers Carl Allen and Greg Hutchinson are among the musicians who played in McBride's early groups. From 2000 to 2008, McBride led his own ensemble, the Christian McBride Band, with saxophonist Ron Blake, pianist/keyboardist Geoffrey Keezer, and drummer Terreon Gully. The band released two albums: Vertical Vision (Warner Bros., 2003) and Live at Tonic (Ropeadope, 2006).
In 1996, McBride contributed to the AIDS benefit album Offbeat: A Red Hot Soundtrip produced by the Red Hot Organization.
McBride primarily plays double bass, but he is equally adept on bass guitar. He played both on the album The Philadelphia Experiment , which included keyboardist Uri Caine and hip-hop drummer Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson.Other projects have included tours and recordings with the Pat Metheny Trio, the Bruce Hornsby Trio, and Queen Latifah. Like Paul Chambers, McBride can solo by playing his bass arco style.
In 2006, McBride was named to the position of Creative Chair for Jazz with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, taking over from Dianne Reeves. He was signed to a two-year contract that was renewed for an additional two years. He was succeeded by Herbie Hancock in 2010.
McBride performed with Sonny Rollins and Roy Haynes at Carnegie Hall on September 18, 2007, in commemoration of Rollins' 50th anniversary of his first performance there.McBride was also tapped by CBS to be a producer for the tribute to Rollins on the 2011 Kennedy Center Honors broadcast.
In 2008, McBride joined John McLaughlin, Chick Corea, Kenny Garrett and Vinnie Colaiuta in a jazz fusion supergroup called the Five Peace Band. They released an album in February 2009 and completed their world tour in May of that year, as Brian Blade took over for Vinnie Colaiuta as drummer in Asia and some US concerts. The album Five Peace Band Live won the 2010 Grammy Award for Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group
In 2011 McBride released his first big band album, The Good Feeling , for which he won the Grammy for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Performance.
McBride leads five groups: Inside Straight, featuring alto/soprano saxophonist Steve Wilson, vibraphonist Warren Wolf, pianist Peter Martin and drummer Carl Allen; a trio featuring pianist Christian Sands and drummer Jerome Jennings; his 18-piece big band; an experimental group called A Christian McBride Situation with pianist/keyboardist Patrice Rushen, turntablists DJ Logic and Jahi Sundance, saxophonist Ron Blake and vocalist Alyson Williams; and the New Jawn, featuring trumpeter Josh Evans, saxophonist Marcus Strickland, and drummer Nasheet Waits.
In March 2016, McBride was named artistic director of the Newport Jazz Festival, succeeding the festival's founder and artistic director, George Wein.
McBride hosts NPR's radio show, Jazz Night In America.
Christian is married to jazz singer and educator Melissa Walker. Walker, with contributions by McBride, leads the Jazz House Kids, a jazz school in their home town of Montclair, New Jersey. Each summer, they both appear at the Montclair Jazz Festival, along with student ensembles led by the instructors, professional ensembles composed of instructors, and guest acts.
McBride shared the story of his first encounters with Freddie Hubbard in "The Gig" and his relationship with James Brown in "Mr. Soul On Top" on The Moth Radio Hour , a radio show and podcast devoted to story-telling.
|1994||Gettin' to It||Verve|
|1995||Number Two Express||Verve|
|1998||A Family Affair||Verve|
|2000||The Philadelphia Experiment||Ropeadope|
|2002||Vertical Vision||Warner Bros.|
|2005||Live at Tonic||Ropeadope|
|2009||Kind of Brown||Mack Avenue|
|2011||The Good Feeling||Mack Avenue||Grammy Award for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album|
|2011||Conversations with Christian||Mack Avenue|
|2013||People Music||Mack Avenue|
|2013||Out Here||Mack Avenue|
|2015||Live at the Village Vanguard||Mack Avenue||Grammy Award for Best Improvised Jazz Solo|
|2017||Bringin' It||Mack Avenue||Grammy Award for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album|
|2018||Christian McBride's New Jawn||Mack Avenue|
|2020||The Movement Revisited||Mack Avenue|
|2020||For Jimmy, Wes and Oliver||Mack Avenue|
|Main artist||Album title||Year||Notes|
|Ricky Ford||Hot Brass||1991|
|Roy Hargrove||Public Eye||1991|
|Houston Person||The Lion and His Pride||1991||released 1994|
|Joe Henderson||Lush Life: The Music of Billy Strayhorn||1992||(Henderson won a Grammy Award for Best Improvised Jazz Solo)|
|Benny Green||That's Right!||1992|
|Benny Green||Testifyin': Live at the Village Vanguard||1992|
|Freddie Hubbard||Live at Fat Tuesday's||1992|
|Etta Jones||Reverse the Charges||1992|
|Mulgrew Miller||Hand in Hand||1992|
|Chris Potter||Presenting Chris Potter||1993|
|Joshua Redman||Joshua Redman||1993|
|Joe Lovano||Tenor Legacy||1993|
|Harold Mabern||Lookin' on the Bright Side||1993|
|Harold Mabern||The Leading Man||1993|
|Peter Bernstein||Signs of Life||1994|
|Don Braden||After Dark||1994|
|Teddy Edwards||Tango in Harlem||1994|
|Benny Green||The Place To Be||1994|
|Brad Mehldau||Introducing Brad Mehldau||1995|
|Fleurine||Meant to be||1995|
|Joe Lovano||Quartets: Live at the Village Vanguard||1995|
|Joe Henderson||Double Rainbow: The Music of Antonio Carlos Jobim||1995|
|Diana Krall||Only Trust Your Heart||1995|
|McCoy Tyner||Prelude and Sonata||1995|
|Jimmy Smith||Angel Eyes: Ballads & Slow Jams||1996|
|Harold Mabern||Mabern's Grooveyard||1996|
|Joe Henderson||Big Band||1996|
|McCoy Tyner||What the World Needs Now: The Music of Burt Bacharach||1997|
|Diana Krall||Love Scenes||1997|
|Renee Rosnes||As We Are Now||1997|
|Chick Corea||Remembering Bud Powell||1997|
|Frank Foster||Leo Rising||1997|
|Freddie Hubbard||God Bless the Child||1998|
|George Duke||After Hours||1998|
|Benny Green||These Are Soulful Days||1999|
|Harold Mabern||Maya with Love||2000|
|Eliane Elias||Everything I Love||2000|
|Diana Krall||The Look of Love||2001|
|Jim Hall||Jim Hall & Basses||2001|
|Sting||All This Time||2001|
|Chick Corea||Rendezvous in New York||2002|
|George Duke||Face the Music||2002|
|Diana Krall||Live in Paris||2002|
|David Sanborn||Time Again||2003|
|Diana Krall||The Girl in the Other Room||2004|
|Regina Belle||Lazy Afternoon||2004|
|McCoy Tyner||Illuminations||2004||Grammy Award for Best Jazz Instrumental Album|
|Chris Botti||To Love Again: The Duets||2005|
|Pat Metheny & Antonio Sanchez||Day Trip||2005|
|Eddie Palmieri||Listen Here!||2005|
|Chick Corea||Super Trio: Corea/Gadd/McBride||2006|
|Hank Jones||West of 5th||2006|
|Bruce Hornsby||Camp Meeting||2007|
|Chick Corea||Chillin' In Chelan||2007|
|Joshua Redman||Back East||2007|
|David Sanborn||Here and Gone||2008|
|Queen Latifah||Trav'lin' Light||2008|
|Pat Metheny & Antonio Sanchez||Tokyo Day Trip||2008|
|George Duke||Dukey Treats||2008|
|James Carter||Heaven on Earth||2009|
|Chick Corea and John McLaughlin||Five Peace Band Live||2009||Grammy Award for Best Jazz Instrumental Album|
|Paul McCartney||Kisses on the Bottom||2012|
|Chick Corea||Trilogy||2013||Grammy Award for Best Jazz Instrumental Album|
|Joseph Tawadros||Permission to Evaporate||2014|
|Peter Bernstein||Signs Live!||2015|
|Craig Taborn||Flaga: Book of Angels Volume 27||2016||Part of John Zorn's Book of Angels series|
|Diana Krall||Turn Up the Quiet||2017|
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This is a timeline documenting events of Jazz in the year 1964.
This is a timeline documenting events of Jazz in the year 1970.
In the 1970s in jazz, jazz become increasingly influenced by Latin jazz, combining rhythms from African and Latin American countries, often played on instruments such as conga, timbale, güiro, and claves, with jazz and classical harmonies played on typical jazz instruments. Artists such as Chick Corea, John McLaughlin and Al Di Meola increasingly influenced the genre with jazz fusion, a hybrid form of jazz-rock fusion which was developed by combining jazz improvisation with rock rhythms, electric instruments, and the highly amplified stage sound of rock musicians such as Jimi Hendrix. All Music Guide states that "..until around 1967, the worlds of jazz and rock were nearly completely separate." However, "...as rock became more creative and its musicianship improved, and as some in the jazz world became bored with hard bop and did not want to play strictly avant-garde music, the two different idioms began to trade ideas and occasionally combine forces." On June 16, 1972 the New York Jazz Museum opened in New York City at 125 West 55th Street in a one and one-half story building. It became the most important institution for jazz in the world with a 25,000 item archive, free concerts, exhibits, film programs, etc.
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Gettin' to It is the debut studio album of American jazz bassist Christian McBride. The album was released in 1995 via Verve label.
The Good Feeling is a studio album by the Christian McBride Big Band. It won the Grammy Award for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards in 2012. The record was released on September 27, 2011 via the Mack Avenue label.
Blues For Pat: Live In San Francisco, is a live album by The Joshua Redman Quartet featuring Pat Metheny, Christian McBride and Billy Higgins, released in 1995.
The Christian McBride Big Band is a 17-piece big band whose debut album The Good Feeling received the Grammy Award for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album in 2012.
In the 2010s in jazz, well-established jazz musicians, such as Wayne Shorter, John Scofield, Jan Garbarek, Pat Metheny, Jon Balke, Brad Mehldau, Olga Konkova, Ulf Wakenius, Christian McBride, Per Mathisen, and Renaud Garcia Fons, continued to perform and record. In the 21st century, a number of young musicians emerged, including Norwegian pianists Tord Gustavsen and Helge Lien, guitarist David Aleksander Sjølie, vibraphonist Andreas Mjøs, trumpeters Mathias Eick and Hayden Powell, saxophonists Marius Neset, Frøy Aagre, and Mette Henriette, and bassist Ellen Andrea Wang.
Bringin' It is a studio album by American jazz bassist Christian McBride together with his big band. The record was released on September 22, 2017 via the Mack Avenue label—both on CD and on LP. After The Good Feeling released in 2011, this is his second album as a big band leader and fourteenth overall. The album consists of 11 tracks: a mix of his own compositions and famous jazz standards including a version of "Mr. Bojangles" featuring his wife, vocalist Melissa Walker. The album opens with the song "Gettin’ to It", which is the title of his 1994 debut album.