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Christian McBride

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Almost everyone’s favorite acoustic bassist to emerge within the 1990s, Christian McBride’s large sound and expertise, both with plucked and bowed solos, recall Ray Dark brown and especially Paul Chambers. He in fact started on electrical bass when he was eight and required R&B gigs in senior high school, but at that time he was getting ultimately more thinking about jazz and playing the acoustic bass. McBride examined at Juilliard (beginning in 1989) and performed briefly within the rings of Bobby Watson, Benny Golson, Roy Hargrove, and Freddie Hubbard. He toured using the Benny Green Trio, performed duets with Ray Dark brown on the 1994 Monterey Jazz Celebration, and documented his debut being a head for Verve before touring along with his very own group in 1995. You start with Family members Affair in 1998, McBride exposed his audio and incorporated even more of the pop, funk, and fusion designs he was raised with. This process continuing through such albums as Sci-Fi and Vertical Eyesight. Having jumped brands from Verve to Warner in the first 2000s, McBride produced just one more label transformation, releasing the greater straight-ahead NY Period on Chesky in 2006. In ’09 2009 McBride came back with an similarly straight-ahead group of mainly original tunes, Sort of Dark brown. Two years afterwards he offered THE NICE Feeling, his initial turn as head of a big music group. The duets record Interactions with Christian implemented in 2011. In 2013 McBride came back to dealing with his Inside Right quintet for the record People Music. Also in 2013, McBride shipped the trio record Out Right here. In 2015 McBride released another trio work, Live on the Village Vanguard.

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Full Name Christian McBride
Profession Bassist
Education Juilliard School, Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts
Nationality American
Parents Lee Smith
Awards Grammy Award for Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Grammy Award for Best Improvised Jazz Solo
Music Groups Christian McBride Big Band, Los Angeles Philharmonic
Music Songs Fried Pies, Consider Me Gone, Parker's Mood, Ham Hocks and Cabbage, Used 'Ta Could, The Shade of the Cedar Tree, Brother Mister, Fingerpainting, Driftin', McDukey Blues, The Movement, Revisited, Easy Walker, One Finger Snap, Papa Was a Rolling Stone, Technicolor Nightmare, Listen to the Heroes Cry, Theme for Kareem, Speak Like a Child, Boogie Woogie Waltz, Little Sunflower, Brown Funk, Sand Dune, It's Your Thing, Fat Bach and Greens, Sitting on a Cloud, Starbeam, Hallelujah Time, .... Or So You Thought, Tell Me a Bedtime Story, Splanky, I'm Coming Home, Via Mwandishi
Albums Live at Tonic, Gettin' to It, Kind of Brown, Day Trip, Vertical Vision, Super Trio, Number Two Express, Camp Meeting, A Family Affair, Heaven on Earth, Presenting Chris Potter, Trilogy, Live at the Village Vanguard, Consequences, SuperBass 2, Fingerpainting: The Music of Herbie Hancock, Flaga: Book of Angels, Volume 27, Parker's Mood, Blue Suite, The Gospel According to the Other Mary, Out Here, Best Of New York Sessions volume two, My Witch's Blue, Wish List, The Planets / Star Wars / Also Sprach Zarathustra, The Time Is Now, Burnin', Signs Of Life, Black Art, After Dark
Nominations NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Jazz Album, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Direction


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Music Department

Music Department

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Spectacle: Elvis Costello with... 2009 TV Series musician - 2 episodes
It Was My Best Birthday Ever, Charlie Brown! 1997 Video short musician: bass - uncredited

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

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Passion Play 2010 "If you Live" / performer: "Dehlia"
Cafe Society 1995 performer: "Season's Start" 1995 - as Christina McBride

Actor

Actor

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Kansas City 1996 Hey-Hey Club Musician: Bass
Cafe Society 1995 Blue Angel Bass

Composer

Composer

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The Contradictions of Fair Hope 2012

Self

Self

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Inside Amy Schumer 2016 TV Series Himself
Jazz at the White House 2016 TV Special Himself - Performer
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2015 TV Series Himself - Guest Musician
International Jazz Day 2015 Himself
Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown 2014 Documentary Himself
Sonny Rollins Beyond the Notes 2014 Documentary Himself
Diana Krall: The Girl in the Other Room 2004 Video short Himself - Bass
Rendezvous in New York 2004 Video documentary Himself
Keeping Time: The Life, Music & Photography of Milt Hinton 2003 Documentary Himself
Sting ...All This Time 2001 Video documentary Double Bass
The 40th Annual Grammy Awards 1998 TV Special Himself

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

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2016 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Music Direction Smithsonian Salutes Ray Charles: In Performance at the White House (2016) · Rickey Minor


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1 I think our generation focused less on our own music. We thought, 'One day I may get a gig in Roy Haynes' band, or Freddie Hubbard's, so I better learn their music'. When we played in New York we would go to the gig and let them know how badly we wanted to play with them. There was an honor in getting to play with the older cats, you know?
2 One thing I love about all music fans, say, between the ages of 16 and 30 - not to start profiling - is that young listeners aren't jaded. They're really wide open to hearing anything. They might not know what they're going to hear. They're just sitting there with their antennas up.


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