Not yet 40, jazz bassist Christian McBride has already collaborated with an impressive list of top performers, including Sonny Rollins, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Pat Metheny, and more. In the classical world, McBride has worked with Kathleen Battle, Edgar Meyer, and the Sonus Quartet, and in the R&B, hip-hop, neo-soul and pop worlds, he has worked with Isaac Hayes, Chaka Khan, Natalie Cole, the Roots, Queen Latifah, Sting, Carly Simon, Don Henley, and James Brown himself.
As a leader, McBride has two CDs with the Christian McBride Band: Vertical Vision, and Live at Tonic. In 2009, he released Christian McBride and Inside Straight with his quintet, following up with Conversations with Christian, duets with George Duke, Angelique Kidjo, Dr. Billy Taylor, Hank Jones, and many others. The 2011 CD The Good Feeling, marked McBride’s first big band recording as a leader.
Born in Philadelphia, McBride studied at the Juilliard School. In 1995, he was commissioned to write Bluesin’ in Alphabet City, premiered by Wynton Marsalis and The Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra. In 1998, the Portland Arts Society and the NEA commissioned The Movement, Revisited, dedicated to Rosa Parks, Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In 2008, The Movement, Revisited was expanded for big-band, and performed at Walt Disney Concert Hall in L.A.
McBride has been Artistic Director of the Jazz Aspen Snowmass Summer Sessions, co-director of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, and Creative Chair for Jazz of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association.