If there’s any side or scene of jazz that the still-under-forty Christian McBride hasn’t mastered yet, just wait–he will undoubtedly get around to it, and do it masterfully. Bassist extraordinaire, band leader, composer, arranger, educator, administrator, curator (he’s co-director of Harlem’s National Jazz Museum), Grammy-award-winning, “mind-bogglingly busy” (All about Jazz) McBride has worked as a sideman with artists as diverse as Freddie Hubbard, Pat Metheny, Herbie Hancock, James Brown, Sting, Queen Latifah, and Kathleen Battle, and has lead a variety of brilliant smaller ensembles. Now hear him at the helm of a rocking big band that will excite and satisfy as only great big band music can. For one night only, presented by the Touhill Performing Arts Center.
“Bassist Christian McBride comes out swinging.” – Detroit Free Press
The 9th Annual UMSL Greater St. Louis Jazz Festival brings more than 50 collegiate and high school big bands and combos to St. Louis to learn from some of the biggest names in professional jazz, top educators, and each other.