Arts | Music
The Mission Theater
1624 NW Glisan
Oct. 18, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
Five-time Grammy-winning jazz bassist Christian McBride can be likened to a force of nature, fusing the fire and fury of a virtuoso with the depth and grounding of a seasoned journeyman. Powered by a relentless energy and a boundless love of swing, McBride’s path has described a continuous positive arc since his arrival on the scene. With a career now blazing into its third decade, the man has become one of the most requested, most recorded, and most respected figures in the music world today. Raised in Philadelphia, a city steeped in soul, McBride moved to New York in 1989 to pursue classical studies at the Juilliard School. There he was promptly recruited to the road by saxophonist Bobby Watson, and McBride never looked back as he charged forward on the road to jazz superstardom. He has released over a dozen critically acclaimed albums as a bandleader, and has over 300 credits as a sideman, making him one of the most recorded musicians of his generation. Over the course of his career, McBride has collaborated or performed with an array of big names including Freddie Hubbard, Sonny Rollins, McCoy Tyner, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, James Brown, Sting, Paul McCartney, Brad Mehldau, Diana Krall, John McLaughlin, Wynton Marsalis, Joshua Redman, and many others. Currently he hosts and produces “The Lowdown: Conversations With Christian” on SiriusXM satellite radio and National Public Radio’s “Jazz Night in America,” showcasing outstanding live jazz from across the country. In the live setting, McBride consistently combines his deft musicianship with warm, enthusiastic showmanship that communicates his own passion into infectious joy for everyone in the room.
This special tour will be a tribute to jazz bass icon Ray Brown, recognizing the genius of his songwriting and reconfiguring his signature tunes in McBride’s own special way.