Hosted by and in conversation with Christian McBride

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Uncover the secrets of the rhythm section with Bernard Purdie and Chuck Rainey in this one-hour Zoom chat hosted by NJPAC Jazz Advisor Christian McBride. An all-time great soul, R&B, funk and pop drummer, Bernard Purdie’s impeccable time and mastery of backbeats and grooves (especially his trademark “Purdie Shuffle”) are widely celebrated. Star electric bassist Chuck Rainey is known for his hard, steady pulse, vigorous support and locking onto a groove with a vengeance. Both musicians played with Aretha Franklin’s brilliant band in the ‘70s, and they’ve toured and recorded with all the top artists of the last sixty years—from James Brown to Steely Dan and on up through Vulfpeck.

Produced in association with Danny Kapilian