The Kennedy Center

Christian McBride



Biography

Christian McBride, one of the most acclaimed acoustic and electric bassists to emerge from the jazz world in the 1990s, was in 1972 in Philadelphia. At the age of 13, he began playing with locals such as The Landham Bros., Joe Sudler's Swing Machine and Edgar Bateman. After graduating from high school in 1989, he went to New York to attend the Julliard School. He began working New York clubs such as Bradley's and the Village Gate, toured as a member of saxophonist Bobby Watson's band, Horizon, and met and worked with Betty Carter. Mr. McBride left Julliard after a year to tour with trumpeter Roy Hargrove's first band, and then joined Freddie Hubbard, touring and recording with him until January 1993. Named Rolling Stone magazine's "Hot Jazz Artist" of 1992, Mr. McBride proved it as a member of guitarist Pat Metheny's "Special Quartet" with drum master Billy Higgins and tenor sax wizard Joshua Redman. Mr. McBride's first album as a leader, Gettin' To It (Verve, 1994) featured him exclusively on upright bass. His band included Joshua Redman, Roy Hargrove, pianist Cyrus Chestnut and drummer Lewis Nash. He was commissioned to compose Bluesin' in Alphabet City, a full-scale work performed by Wynton Marsalis with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra featuring Mr. McBride. The CD Number Two Express (1996) featured Chick Corea, Kenny Garrett, Gary Bartz, Jack DeJohnette, Kenny Barron, Mino Cinelu, and Steve Nelson. A Family Affair (1998), reflected music from his childhood and showcased his own lyrics. His recent album, Sci-Fi , was the first to bill the Christian McBride Band: tenor/soprano saxophonist Ron Blake, keyboardist Shedrick Mitchell and drummer Rodney Green. Mr. McBride also recorded Fingerpainting: The Music of Herbie Hancock with trumpeter Nicholas Payton and guitarist Mark Whitfield. He has performed as a member of the trio, Superbass, with Ray Brown and John Clayton, and on the soundtracks of director Robert Altman's film Kansas City (1996). Christian McBride appeared with Vanessa Rubin and Kevin Mahogany in the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater on January 22, 2002.

April 2004
Christian McBride