Jazz Meets Sports

Jazz Meets Sports

NJPAC Jazz Advisor Christian McBride hosts this evening of music and conversation with sports superstars and jazz connoisseurs Bernie Williams and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

Join us as we explore the connections between jazz artistry and athletic performance at this special NJPAC event.

Grammy-winning bassist Christian McBride and his trio (McBride, bass; Christian Sands, piano; Ulysses Owens, Jr., drums) will perform with baseball legend and Latin Grammy-nominated guitarist Bernie Williams. Along with CBS sportscaster and guest co-host Lesley Visser, the first and only woman enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, McBride will moderate a conversation featuring Williams and NBA icon and ultimate jazz connoisseur Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

During his 16-year career with the New York Yankees, Williams was a four-time World Series Champion and a five-time All Star – and through it all, he continued to pursue his passion for music. His debut album, 2003’s The Journey Within, features fusions of jazz, rock and tropical rhythms. His follow-up, Moving Forward, includes guest appearances by Bruce Springsteen, Jon Secada, Dave Koz and others. Williams is also the co-author of Rhythms of the Game: The Link Between Music and Athletic Performance.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is a six-time NBA Champion and 19-time NBA All-Star. A New York Times best-selling author, he has written six books, including his latest children's book, Sasquatch in the Paint, which hit No. 3 on the Times' list. Abdul-Jabbar is a pop culture columnist for and just launched his own sports memorabilia company,

In addition to his virtuosity as a bass player, Christian McBride is an educator, curator and composer-arranger. The Philadelphia-born musician has performed with such diverse artists as Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Natalie Cole, Pat Metheny, James Brown, Sting, Bruce Hornsby and Queen Latifah, to name a few. He is the composer of The Movement, Revisited, a suite dedicated to four giants of the civil rights movement.

Produced for NJPAC by FestivalWest, Inc.


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