Christian McBride

Christian McBride

Christian McBride
Big Band

Sunday, June 17, 7:00pm
at Herbst Theatre

Christian McBride

Performance includes a Pre-Concert Talk that begins one hour before show time.

Christian McBride Big Band

At just 40, bassist Christian McBride already has more notches than can fit on any belt. Among the more than 300 albums he’s appeared on are sessions by many of the most illustrious figures in jazz, including Sonny Rollins, McCoy Tyner, Freddie Hubbard, Joe Henderson and Pat Metheny, while also collaborating with artists as diverse as Kathleen Battle, Sting and Questlove of The Roots. McBride has been the linchpin of various all-star projects, such as the Five Peace Band with John McLaughlin, Chick Corea, Kenny Garrett and Vinnie Colaiuta (and Brian Blade). And he’s led his own groups in the studio and on tour since the mid-90s. Somehow he has also found time to oversee jazz programming at Disney Hall and the Hollywood Bowl, along with many other projects. But until last year’s The Good Feeling, McBride had never recorded an album with his own big band. As the title implies, it’s a swaggering, hard-swinging session featuring a cast of New York’s best sidemen, winning the 2012 Grammy Award for Best Large Ensemble Jazz Album. To hear a well-rehearsed, top-shelf big band these days is a rarity — much less with a major jazz star at its helm. Prepare to be blown away!

Artist Personnel

Christian McBride bass
Todd Bashore alto saxophone
Steve Wilson alto saxophone
Loren Schoenberg tenor saxophone
Ron Blake tenor saxophone
Carl Maraghi baritone saxophone
Nabaté Isles trumpet
Frank Greene trumpet
Freddie Hendrix trumpet
Brandon Lee trumpet
Michael Dease trombone
James Burton trombone
Steve Davis trombone
Douglas Purviance bass trombone
Xavier Davis piano
Ulysses Owens Jr. drums
Melissa Walker vocals

Artist Website

"McBride is a proven artist… equally virtuosic on acoustic and electric bass. " — JazzTimes
"One of the premier musicians of his generation... " — DownBeat