One of the most exciting jazz artists of the modern era, bassist Christian McBride has redefined both his instrument and the perceived boundaries of jazz itself. Unafraid to dip his toes into R&B, funk, pop, fusion or big band, McBride’s massive technical and compositional skills have launched him into the rarified air of bonafide jazz masters.

Beginning in 1989, this Philadelphia-born bassist moved to New York City to further his classical studies at the Juilliard School, only to be snatched up by alto saxophonist, Bobby Watson. Since then, McBride’s list of accomplishments has been nothing short of staggering. For over 20 years, McBride has appeared in numerous musical settings with just about any musician imaginable in jazz as well as the R&B and pop worlds. From playing with the likes of Roy Haynes, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock and Pat Metheny to Isaac Hayes, Bruce Hornsby, Sting and the legendary James Brown to opera legend Kathleen Battle and bass virtuoso Edgar Meyer—what has always been unique about McBride is his versatility.

Since the mid 90’s, McBride has blazed a trail as a bandleader with a host of different groups and projects, his various bandmates all sympathetically sharing in McBride’s all-inclusive, forward-thinking outlook on music. His most recent project, the Christian McBride Trio, finds the bassist sharing his musical ideas with two emerging and talented players- pianist Christian Sands and drummer Ulysses Owens, Jr. Last year’s Out Here showcased the Trio’s impressive chemistry and creativity.

JazzChats are informal discussions led by jazz radio hosts and leaders with the artist one hour prior to the concert.  Join us at the Shalin Liu Performance Center for this summer’s JazzChats!