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September 26, 1995 | By Tom Moon, INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
When his debut album, Gettin' to It (Verve), was released earlier this year, Philadelphia-bred bassist Christian McBride went from solid supporting player to front man. The transition can trouble some musicians, but as the first of two homecoming shows Sunday at Zanzibar Blue demonstrated, McBride has grown into the role. He's still a solid anchor, but now, having done his time in the background, he's become a champion of the bass, working to fully utilize its melodic potential.
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May 11, 1996 | By Tom Moon, INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
At the ripe age of 23, bassist Christian McBride is revered for his rock-solid sense of tempo and a sound that commands respect for an instrument generally considered the quiet foot soldier of the jazz ensemble. Wednesday at the Theatre of Living Arts, in a poorly attended homecoming gig, McBride showed that he's become a fine soloist as well. Concentrating on original compositions from his just-issued second album, Number Two Express (Verve), McBride more than held his own with pianist Joey Calderazzo, drummer Gregory Hutchinson and hometown tenor man Tim Warfield, and transformed the usually sleepy bass solo into an exercise in drama.
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October 3, 2014 | BY JONATHAN TAKIFF, Daily News Staff Writer takiffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5960
Correction: The original article labeled saxophonist Ron Blake incorrectly. FOR A GUY who grew up and got his musical act together in Philly, Christian McBride hasn't been hanging with the homies much. "I haven't been in town as a headliner since 2011," he shared the other day. "We're long overdue. " This weekend, the three-time Grammy winning bassist/composer/band leader and ace sideman is making up for lost time and missed "thank you's" with an eye-and-ear-opening quadruple header at the Clef Club.
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February 4, 2013 | By Shaun Brady, For The Inquirer
Performers at the inaugural Monterey Jazz Festival in 1958 included such greats as Billie Holiday, Dizzy Gillespie, and Louis Armstrong. Nearly every notable name from the last half-century of jazz history has graced the stages at California's Monterey County Fairgrounds, making it one of the world's longest-running and most renowned jazz festivals. How to represent that impressive legacy in a touring show? The festival made all the right choices in assembling a stellar ensemble of all-stars to celebrate its 55th anniversary, entrusting its direction to Philly's own Christian McBride.
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March 15, 2008 | By Karl Stark INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Christian McBride, the wunderkind bassist, is finally having a middle-aged thought. The leading jazz bassist of his generation wishes he weren't on the road so much. Speaking by phone the other day after a snowstorm in Santa Fe, N.M., McBride said he's keen to spend more time at home in Montclair, N.J., even when the plumbing breaks. "We had one of the pipes in the laundry room just fall off the wall, and there was water shooting all over the place," said McBride, 35, who lives there with his wife, jazz singer Melissa Walker.
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October 3, 2014 | By Shaun Brady, For The Inquirer
'Three years is too long for me not to play in my hometown. " So said Christian McBride speaking by phone en route to a gig on Long Island. The impossibly in-demand bassist is almost constantly heading off to another gig. To be sure, he has appeared on local stages during that time. He took part in the all-star Monterey Jazz Festival 55th Anniversary band at the Merriam Theater early last year, and he sat in with a group of gifted high schoolers from the Thelonious Monk Institute at Chris' Jazz Cafe a year earlier.
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October 29, 2014 | BY JONATHAN TAKIFF, Daily News Staff Writer takiffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5960
FEATURE FILMS are often accompanied these days by a companion documentary that's spoon-fed first to an HBO or Showtime - a marketing ploy to get folks excited about the movie. Clearly, Alex Gibney's two-hours-short documentary, "Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown," debuting tonight at 9 on HBO, was made in the same time frame as the recent James Brown biopic "Get On Up. " But Mick Jagger, producer of both projects (and a lifelong fan of Brown) opted to hold back the doc, first dishing the dramatized version (with Chadwick Boseman as Soul Brother No. 1)
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September 26, 1997 | by Al Hunter Jr., Daily News Staff Writer
Pianist Herbie Hancock is a masterful composer, and since making his mark in 1962 with his debut "Takin' Off," he has become one of the most pliable, prolific and respected musicians in jazz. At 57, Hancock has seen several of his tunes already become jazz standards. His pieces contain easily recognizable melodies, built from complex ideas: they are fun to listen to, but challenging to play well. Indeed, Hancock took flak for delving into fusion and derivative R&B, but he never left his straight-ahead roots.
NEWS
October 15, 2009 | By David R. Adler FOR THE INQUIRER
Of all the fine jazz musicians to emerge from Philadelphia in the last two decades, Christian McBride plays a uniquely multifaceted role, as a bassist but also a broadcaster, educator, curator, and jazz advocate. This year, he's been marking his 20th year in the business - and one way of doing that, knitting together the varied strands of his creative life, is with a show at the Kimmel Center tomorrow, billed as "Christian McBride and Friends. " "It seemed like the perfect time for a tip of the cap to my hometown," he said by phone from Montclair, N.J., where he lives.
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April 14, 1994 | by Nels Nelson, Daily News Staff Writer
In my sometime role as this newspaper's designated pipeline to and from the world of jazz, I have waited out seven years of Mellon PSFS Jazz Festivals to see my nominee for a jazz star associated with Philadelphia announced for dedicatory honors. The honored musician at this year's June 8-19 Mellonfest will be the late Lee Morgan, the young trumpet champion who roared out of this rowhouse metropolis in the '50s and '60s to become an international idol, only to leave us prematurely in 1972 under tragic circumstances.
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March 21, 2015 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
Pianist Orrin Evans is all about the moment, the conversation within the music, rather than anything preordained or planned. "For me, the most important thing is the hang, and then the music," says Evans. This weekend, on what happens to be Evans' birthday, he'll share his delectable brand of improvisational chatter with members of his trio (bassist Essiet Essiet and drummer Mark Whitfield Jr.), as well as jazz guitarist and fellow Philadelphian Kurt Rosenwinkel. "Man, you don't even have to put the word milestone or birthday out there," Evans says with a laugh.
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October 29, 2014 | BY JONATHAN TAKIFF, Daily News Staff Writer takiffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5960
FEATURE FILMS are often accompanied these days by a companion documentary that's spoon-fed first to an HBO or Showtime - a marketing ploy to get folks excited about the movie. Clearly, Alex Gibney's two-hours-short documentary, "Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown," debuting tonight at 9 on HBO, was made in the same time frame as the recent James Brown biopic "Get On Up. " But Mick Jagger, producer of both projects (and a lifelong fan of Brown) opted to hold back the doc, first dishing the dramatized version (with Chadwick Boseman as Soul Brother No. 1)
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October 3, 2014 | BY JONATHAN TAKIFF, Daily News Staff Writer takiffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5960
Correction: The original article labeled saxophonist Ron Blake incorrectly. FOR A GUY who grew up and got his musical act together in Philly, Christian McBride hasn't been hanging with the homies much. "I haven't been in town as a headliner since 2011," he shared the other day. "We're long overdue. " This weekend, the three-time Grammy winning bassist/composer/band leader and ace sideman is making up for lost time and missed "thank you's" with an eye-and-ear-opening quadruple header at the Clef Club.
NEWS
October 3, 2014 | By Shaun Brady, For The Inquirer
'Three years is too long for me not to play in my hometown. " So said Christian McBride speaking by phone en route to a gig on Long Island. The impossibly in-demand bassist is almost constantly heading off to another gig. To be sure, he has appeared on local stages during that time. He took part in the all-star Monterey Jazz Festival 55th Anniversary band at the Merriam Theater early last year, and he sat in with a group of gifted high schoolers from the Thelonious Monk Institute at Chris' Jazz Cafe a year earlier.
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May 30, 2013 | By Karl Stark, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jazz keeps getting more international, as this review of recent album releases shows. Top players are coming from Japan and even India - via the American diaspora. At the same time, Philadelphia artists continue to evolve. City native Christian McBride, the über bassist of his generation, continues his string of successes with a new release, while a SEPTA manager, Jawanza Kobie, gets into the act, too, with a credible CD and a release party scheduled June 21 at the African American Museum in Philadelphia.
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April 27, 2013 | By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer
Money is so tight in the Philadelphia School District that the unthinkable has happened. For the first time in 17 years, CAPA - the High School for Creative and Performing Arts, the district's arts gem on South Broad Street - cannot afford to put on a musical. "I was shocked and upset," said Jack Schmieg, a freshman vocal major at Oberlin College in Ohio who starred as Jean Valjean in CAPA's production of Les Misérables last year. "I couldn't imagine not having a musical.
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April 16, 2013 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
As a jazz pianist influenced by Herbie Hancock's adventurous nature and enveloped by the sultriness of all that soul music holds dear, Robert Glasper has succeeded on his own terms.   He's played diverse sessions for rapper Mos Def, singer-songwriter Carly Simon and jazz bassist Christian McBride, and is signed to Blue Note - not to release albums existing solely as jazz, but to blur the lines between his obsessions. The first fruit of that signing, 2012's genre-bending Black Radio , won best R&B album at the Grammys in February.
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February 4, 2013 | By Shaun Brady, For The Inquirer
Performers at the inaugural Monterey Jazz Festival in 1958 included such greats as Billie Holiday, Dizzy Gillespie, and Louis Armstrong. Nearly every notable name from the last half-century of jazz history has graced the stages at California's Monterey County Fairgrounds, making it one of the world's longest-running and most renowned jazz festivals. How to represent that impressive legacy in a touring show? The festival made all the right choices in assembling a stellar ensemble of all-stars to celebrate its 55th anniversary, entrusting its direction to Philly's own Christian McBride.
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March 26, 2012 | By Shaun Brady, For The Inquirer
Christian McBride is still a couple of months shy of 40, but on stage at Chris' Jazz Cafe on Friday night he suddenly felt old. Introducing "King Freddie of Hubbard," a composition from his debut album, Gettin' To It , the Philly-born bassist suddenly stopped, turned to the drummer, and asked, "When were you born?" "Nineteen ninety-four," came the response - the very year Gettin' was recorded. The Thelonious Monk Institute All-Star High School Jazz Septet, seven 16- and 17-year-olds selected from across the country, performed several selections from that recording with the bass great himself.
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June 18, 2011
Music The West Oak Lane Jazz and Arts Festival. This year, the festival offers an old-school R&B and jazz lineup, with 1970s and '80s hit-maker Chaka Khan topping the bill Sunday night. On Saturday afternoon on the main stage on Ogontz Avenue, there's a five-man soul-and-jazz marathon with Howard Hewett, Freddie Jackson, Philadelphia bassist Gerald Veasley, Peabo Bryson, and Jeffrey Osborne. Other attractions of note: multiple Grammy-winning Eddie Palmieri and his Salsa Orchestra and well-traveled Philly jazzman Christian McBride and his band, Inside Straight (who are playing back-to-back on opposite stages Sunday afternoon)
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