Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Christian McBride to conclude Coral Gables Concert Series August 16, 2012

Coral Gables Congregational  
United Church of Christ  
Community Arts Program
2012 Summer Concert Series
27th Season!
Concludes with  
2012 Grammy Winner
Christian McBride 
"McBride is a proven artist ... equally virtuosic
on acoustic and electric bass."  - JazzTimes

"One of the premier musicians of his
generation."  - DownBeat
Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 8pm
Coral Gables Congregational
United Church of Christ
3010 De Soto Blvd
Coral Gables FL 33134
Tickets: $30-$45 in advance
(305)448-7421 x153

CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE--bassist extraordinaire, composer, arranger, educator, curator and administrator--has been one of the most important and most omnipresent figures in the jazz world for 20 years.

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. As a sideman in the jazz world alone, he's worked with the best of the very best: Freddie Hubbard, Sonny Rollins, J.J. Johnson, Ray Brown, Milt Jackson, McCoy Tyner, Roy Haynes, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock and Pat Metheny.

Away from the bass, Christian has become quite an astute and respected spokesperson for the music industry. In 1997, he spoke on former President Bill Clinton's town hall meeting "Racism in the Performing Arts". In 2000, he was named Artistic Director of the Jazz Aspen Snowmass Summer Sessions. In 2005, he was officially named the co-director of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem. Also in 2005, he was named the second Creative Chair for Jazz of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association.

In a stellar career that continues to showcase his remarkable talents as a consummate musician, Christian reached another milestone with the 2011 release of The Good Feeling, his first big band recording as a leader and newest release for Mack Avenue Records. With that, Christian McBride won a 2012 Grammy Award.

The Community Arts Program 2012 Summer Concert Series comes to an historic close when Christian McBride presents his trio: McBride (bass), Christian Sands (piano) and Ulysses Owens (drums). 

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