September 7, 2017
Famed jazz bassist Christian McBride is set to kick off the St Cecelia Music Center Jazz series on Thursday, November 17th. Born and raised in Philadelpiha, McBride began playing electric bass at the age of eight. In high school, McBride switched to the accoustic bass. In 1989, McBride begane studying music at Julliard. Throughout the nineties, McBride played with a variety of jazz artists including Milt Jackson, Freddy Hubbard, Benny Green, and Ray Brown. In 1995, McBride began leading his own groups with the release of his debut album Gettin' to It.
From 2000 to 2008, McBride led The Christian McBride Band, a jazz, funk fusion group releasing two albums 2003's Vertical Vision and 2006's Live at Tonic. During this time McBride began to branch out and explore different sounds. This lead to gigs as a sideman for many pop, soul, and hip-hop artists. McBride worked with Paul McCartney, Sting, Questlove, and Bruce Hornsby. Over his career, McBride has won five Grammys and from 2006 to 2010 served as the creative chair for the Los Angeles Philharmonic. In 2016, McBride was named artistic director for the Newport Jazz Festival.