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Christian McBride’s New Jawn

Sat. Apr. 29, 2023 at 8pm

Uber-bassist and host of NPR’s Jazz Night in America brings it!

"Christian has the goods to move jazz into the 21st century with freshness, integrity, and innovation." — Los Angeles Times

Christian McBride: bass
Josh Evans: trumpet
Marcus Strickland: tenor sax and bass clarinet
Nasheet Waits: drums

Eight-time Grammy-winning jazz bassist Christian McBride fuses the fire and fury of a virtuoso with the depth and grounding of a seasoned journeyman. Powered by relentless energy and a boundless love of swing, McBride’s career is now blazing into its third decade and he is one of the most requested, most recorded, and most respected figures in music.

Drawing from the lexicon of his hometown, Philadelphia, McBride calls his pianoless quartet “The New Jawn” where “jawn” is a multi-purpose word that loosely translates as “joint,” “place,” or “thing.” Compared with the other ensembles he leads, this pianoless quartet is more adventurous, feels looser and fierier, driven by rapid-fire drumming, two horns (saxophone and trumpet) and McBride's solid bass work .

Whether behind the bass or away from it, Christian McBride is always of the music. From jazz with Chick Corea, Pat Metheny, and Herbie Hancock, to R&B with Chaka Khan and James Brown, from pop with Sting and Paul McCartney, to hip-hop and neo-soul with The Roots, D'Angelo, and Queen Latifah, Christian McBride’s luminous musicality is built with one hand ever reaching for new heights and the other extended in fellowship, inviting us to join him.

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