Christian McBride, one of the most prominent jazz artists of his generation, the 36-year-old bassist, bandleader, educator, artistic director, Grammy® Award winner will be performing and signing autographs Tuesday January 12th, 12 noon J&R Music World, 23 Park Row, Manhattan, New York, NY.
His remarkable 10-track album, Kind Of Brown, features his new acoustic jazz quintet Inside Straight, comprised of old friends, pianist Eric Reed, alto saxophonist Steve Wilson and drummer Carl Allen, as well as newcomer vibraphonist Warren Wolf, one of McBride’s former students.
It’s a collection of hard swing-to-bluesy groove tunes that the leader says he put together to give the members of his new ensemble “something to sink their teeth into.” He adds, “I wanted to present solid melodies with some decent chord changes that could be good vehicles for the guys to blow on.”
Christian McBride has been active as a sideman, most recently touring with the Chick Corea / John McLaughlin Five Peace Band project. He’s been the go-to bassist with Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Diana Krall and Sting, among others. In addition, he has been at the forefront of jazz education, including serving as an artist in residence at festivals (most recently 2008′s Detroit International Jazz Festival and the Monterey Jazz Festival); artistic director at various arts centers and museums (including co-director of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem and the creative jazz chair for the Los Angeles Philharmonic); and as artistic director of the JAS Band Academy (Jazz Aspen Snowmass, Band Edition).
While the quintet’s performances had been limited to the week-long Vanguard stint and one-off shows at the Monterey Jazz Festival and in Brazil, McBride and his new ensemble Inside Straight will be on the road throughout the year performing songs from Kind Of Brown.