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Christian McBride: Christian McBride’s New Jawn (Mack Avenue/Brother Mister)

The term “jawn”—a catch-all piece of Philly jargon covering everything from object to idea—speaks to the home turf and high-level hipness of Christian McBride, as well as the broadness of vision at play here. And this most certainly marks the start of a new chapter for the distinguished bassist, serving as the launch of his … Read More “Christian McBride: Christian McBride’s New Jawn (Mack Avenue/Brother Mister)”

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Christian McBride Big Band: Bringin’ It (Mack Avenue)

Six years have passed since the release of The Good Feeling, Christian McBride’s Grammy-winning debut as a big-band leader. But he’s been busy: During that time the bassist-composer became the voice of NPR’s Jazz Night in America and the artistic director of the Newport Jazz Festival, continued his work as an educator and a leader … Read More “Christian McBride Big Band: Bringin’ It (Mack Avenue)”

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Field Notes: Newport 2017, Day One

There’s a story, an angle to the Newport Jazz Festival this year, other than the long-running narrative about it being an enduring institution of jazz and, by extension, a pearl of American culture. Twenty-seventeen marks the first edition under the artistic directorship of bassist, composer and broadcaster Christian McBride, alongside the festival’s feted co-founder George … Read More “Field Notes: Newport 2017, Day One”

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