Christian McBride, has been one of the most important and most omnipresent figures in the jazz world for 20 years. Christian McBride is an American jazz bassist extraordinaire, composer, arranger, educator, curator and administrator. He has appeared on more than 300 recordings as a sideman, and is an eight-time Grammy Award winner. As a sideman in the jazz world alone, he’s worked with the best of the very best in the R&B world, the pop/rock world, the hip-hop/neo-soul world. These names include: Bobby Watson, Freddie Hubbard, Sonny Rollins, J.J. Johnson, Ray Brown, Milt Jackson, McCoy Tyner, Roy Haynes, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Pat Metheny, Isaac Hayes, Chaka Khan, Natalie Cole, Lalah Hathaway, Sting, Carly Simon, Don Henley, Bruce Hornsby, Roots, D’Angelo, and Queen Latifah, and the one and only Godfather of Soul himself, James Brown. Beginning in 1989, this Philadelphia-born bassist moved to New York City to further his classical studies at the Juilliard School. In 1998, McBride composed The Movement Revisited, a four-movement suite dedicated to four of the major figures of the civil rights movement – Rosa Parks, Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The piece was commissioned by the Portland Arts Society and the National Endowment for the Arts. The piece was performed throughout the New England states in the fall of 1998 with McBride’s quartet and a 30-piece gospel choir led by J.D. Steele. Ten years later in 2008, The Movement Revisited was expanded, re-written, re-vamped, and performed again in Los Angeles at Walt Disney Concert Hall. The updated version now features the gospel choir, an 18-piece big band and four actors/speakers. The revamped version was presented by NJPAC at its 2021 TD Moody Festival and featured Sonia Sanchez, Willie Perdomo, John Murillo, Dion Graham and the Voice of the Flame gospel choir. In 2000, he was named Artistic Director of the Jazz Aspen Snowmass Summer Sessions. In 2005, he was officially named the co-director of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem. Also in 2005, he was named the second Creative Chair for Jazz of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association. Since 2000, McBride has blazed a trail as a bandleader with the Christian McBride Band, releasing two CD’s – 2002′s Vertical Vision, and 2006′s Live at Tonic. Christian has become a brilliant and respected spokesperson for the music.