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Christian McBride to lead all-star jazz band at Penn

Christian McBride | Photo by Chi Modu | courtesy of the artist
Christian McBride | Photo by Chi Modu | courtesy of the artist

This Sunday, January 31st, Philadelphia bassist Christian McBride will lead the Mack Avenue SuperBand in concert at the Zellerbach Theatre at the University of Pennsylvania. The all-star jazz band is embarking on a tour in support of its latest CD Live from the Detroit Jazz Festival – 2015. This release marks McBride’s first time leading the ensemble as he takes the reigns from former director Rodney Whitaker, though he’s been involved in the group since 2009. Tickets and information for this performance can be found here. Watch a video of the band performing at the 2015 Detroit Jazz Festival below.

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Listen to Christian McBride’s jazzy Christmas playlist

Christian McBride | Eva Hambach/AFP/Getty Images | via http://www.npr.org/2015/11/18/456540205/christian-mcbride-on-ray-browns-bass-and-james-browns-appeal
Christian McBride | Eva Hambach/AFP/Getty Images | via http://www.npr.org/2015/11/18/456540205/christian-mcbride-on-ray-browns-bass-and-james-browns-appeal

Philly jazz bassist Christian McBride, and host of NPR’s Jazz Night In America, has put together a jazzy Christmas playlist, and recently talked with All Things Considered host Audie Cornish about some of his favorite picks. Continue reading →

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Christian McBride: The first song I learned to play was “Papa Was A Rolling Stone” by The Temptations

This weekend, acclaimed Philly jazz bassist Christian McBride will be in town for two events. On Saturday evening, he’ll lead his big band at the Kimmel Center in a special show, The Movement Revisited, a mix of jazz and spoken word celebrating four key figures of the Civil Rights Movement: Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, Rosa Parks, and Muhammad Ali. On Sunday night at World Cafe Live, McBride turns to his alter ego, DJ Brother Mister, when he’ll be joined by WXPN’s David Dye for a funky Sunday night dance party, where McBride will be spinning the funk and R&B and soul, and accompany himself on the bass. Continue reading →

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A Funky Sunday dance party with Christian McBride (AKA DJ Brother Mister)

Christian McBride | Photo courtesy of the artist via http://www.christianmcbride.com/press.html
Christian McBride | Photo courtesy of the artist via http://www.christianmcbride.com/press.html

Fans of the funk and WXPN’s Funky Friday with David Dye won’t want to miss a Funky Sunday dance party, hosted by Dye. The party features Philly jazz bassist and composer extraordinaire Christian McBride as DJ Brother Mister, and it takes place on Sunday, November 22nd at World Cafe Live. Continue reading →