Over the course of his nearly 30-year career, Christian McBride has built a reputation as one of the world’s leading jazz bassists and a charismatic ambassador for swing. As a young bass virtuoso from Philadelphia, McBride toured and recorded with such jazz luminaries as Freddie Hubbard, Benny Golson, and Milt Jackson, a list of collaborators that soon grew to include musical giants ranging from Herbie Hancock and Wynton Marsalis to Paul McCartney and James Brown. A stalwart bandleader, McBride’s recordings with his own groups, Inside Straight and the Christian McBride Trio, have netted him three Grammy Awards.
McBride invokes his Philadelphia roots in his latest project, New Jawn (Philly slang for “new thing” or “new joint”). Composed of McBride, saxophonist Marcus Strickland, trumpeter Josh Evans, and drummer Nasheet Waits, this dynamic group calls back to the horn-driven sounds of classic piano-less quartets led by Gerry Mulligan and Ornette Coleman, but imbued with McBride’s signature sense of superlative bombast and insatiable groove.
UChicago Presents would like to thank the Reva and David Logan Foundation and the Julie and Parker Hall Endowment for Jazz and American Popular Music for their generous support of this performance.
We would also like to thank our partners: Chicago Jazz Magazine, Downbeat Magazine, the Hyde Park Jazz Festival, the Jazz Institute of Chicago, and WDCB.
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