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Christian McBride

A Christian McBride Situation

A Christian McBride
Situation

Thursday, September 22, 7:30pm
at SFJAZZ Center, Miner Auditorium

Christian McBride

A Christian McBride Situation

A Christian McBride
Situation

Thursday, September 22, 7:30pm
at SFJAZZ Center, Miner Auditorium

DJ Logic

A Christian McBride Situation

The soul of jazz is in the joy of discovery and the spirit of improvisation. So it’s only appropriate that bassist Christian McBride’s ongoing electro-funk Situation project is a loose assemblage of musicians who came together by happenstance, but have developed a group aesthetic that seems totally preordained. As the story goes, McBride was set to perform at the 2005 Monterey Jazz Festival, and two of his band members couldn’t make the gig. The bassist’s tour manager feared the worst, saying, “Well, it looks like we have a Christian McBride situation.” A master of resourcefulness, McBride assembled an ad-hoc band from fellow festival performers including keyboardist Patrice Rushen, saxophonist Ron Blake, and DJ Logic on turntables. The result was a wildly eclectic night of street beats and soul-drenched improvisation that has now developed a life of its own. Over the ensuing years, McBride added more artists to the fray, including second DJ Jahi Sundance, the son of avant-garde saxophone icon Oliver Lake and a versatile artist who has worked extensively in jazz and improvisational settings with artists including Robert Glasper and Dave Douglas. Saxophonist Ron Blake is one of the most exciting young saxophonists, composers, and bandleaders on the scene, having worked with Art Farmer, Roy Hargrove, and Joey DeFrancesco. He has been a member of the Saturday Night Live band for three years.

Artist Personnel

Christian McBride bass
Patrice Rushen keyboards, vocals
DJ Logic turntables
Jahi Sundance turntables
Ron Blake tenor saxophone
Alyson Williams vocals

"One of the premier musicians of his generation... " — DownBeat
"The deep, dark-maple tone that Christian McBride elicits from an upright bass is one of jazz’s forthright pleasures " — The New York Times
"The musician with the technical, compositional and emotional skills to take jazz to another plane " — Variety

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