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Bassist Christian McBride is one of those bigger-than-life artists that just burst onto the music scene seemingly in full bloom. His father and great uncle, both well-known Philadelphia bassists, mentored him early. Half of a lifetime ago, by his 21st birthday, he was a remarkably mature player and rapidly becoming everyone's favorite young acoustic bassist of the 1990s. Christian’s huge sound and prodigious technique, both with plucked and bowed solos, recall the legendary Ray Brown and particularly Paul Chambers. He actually started on electric bass when he was eight and took R&B gigs in high school, but by then he was getting more interested in jazz and playing the acoustic bass.
McBride studied at Juilliard (starting in 1989) and then played briefly in the bands of Bobby Watson, Benny Golson, Roy Hargrove, and Freddie Hubbard. He toured with the Benny Green Trio, played duets with Ray Brown at the 1994 Monterey Jazz Festival, and in 1995 recorded his debut as a leader for Verve, Getting’ To It, before touring with his own group. Beginning with A Family Affair in 1998, McBride began opening up his sound and incorporating more of the pop, funk, and fusion styles he grew up with. This approach continued through such albums as Sci-Fi and Vertical Vision. Having hopscotched labels in the 2000s, McBride has found a new home on artist-friendly Mack Avenue Records. The Inside Straight quintet of the last four years has given way to a new trio that features the emerging pianistic force of Christian Sands, whose rise in the jazz world has been meteoric; and the much in-demand drummer Ulysses Owens, Jr., a Juilliard graduate, who has Grammy® Awards for his work with Kurt Elling and Christian McBride. The trio’s first CD, Out Here, was released in the fall of 2013.
“When you pull the people in, you can go anywhere as long as they feel like
Christian McBride is undoubtedly the most widely recorded and requested bassist in contemporary music. It is not only in the jazz world that McBride has left his mark. An equally adept electric and acoustic bassist, he has recorded with Sting, Queen Latifa, DJ Logic, Diana Krall, and classical vocalist Kathleen Battle. In the last few years, he has become the regular bassist for Pat Metheny and recurrently plays with Chick Corea in Five Peace Band and Chick’s new trio with drummer Brian Blade. Further, he just left the position of Creative Chair for Jazz with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, relinquishing it after four years to Herbie Hancock. Christian is co-director of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem.
* Christian Sands is a Steinway artist
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Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Division