Christian McBride, only 30 years old, has arguably become the most acclaimed acoustic and electric bassist to emerge from the jazz world in the 1990's. He has worked with a diverse cast of talented musicians, from Chick Corea to Pat Metheny, from Kathleen Battle to D'Angelo, from Diana Krall to Bruce Hornsby, from Quincy Jones to Sting.
Mentored by Wynton Marsalis, McBride rose to the top quickly. As a young musician, McBride toured first with Roy Hargrove’s band, and then, beginning in 1990, with the legendary trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, and with the Benny Green Trio. He toured and recorded with Joshua Redman, and was featured on "Moodswing". McBride's first album as a band leader, 1995's "Gettin' To It" joined "Moodswing" as one of the most important and best selling records of the new generation in Jazz.
McBride's more recent works, such as 1998's "A Family Affair" featured Christian on both Acoustic and the Electric Bass, and incorporate funk and soul elements. In 2000, McBride released his fourth and most successful CD since his debut. "SCI-FI" was released to rave reviews in the fall of 2000. Produced by McBride, the CD was in many ways a perfect blending of all the extremely diverse ideas that McBride had hinted at combining in his two previous CD's. In 2001, McBride took on two projects that took him to even greater levels of musical diversity and popularity. "The Philadelphia Experiment," a co-op CD, instantly a hit with the younger college "jam band" crowd. Later that year, McBride joined Sting’s band to record his album "All This Time."
Cheney Hall is Connecticut's oldest operating theatre. It seats 335, and has an intimate, acoustically impeccable ambiance. Other Jazz shows this year will include Avishai Cohen and the Intertational Vamp Band (Oct 13), Kenny Rankin (Oct 20), and Nicholas Payton's Quintet (Nov 23).
Tickets to the Christian McBride Band are available online at www.cheneyhall.org, or through the box office at 177 Hartford Road, Manchester CT, 06040, (860) 647-9824.