ST. PETERSBURG – Critically acclaimed jazz virtuoso Christian McBride leads the Christian McBride Trio (backed by Christian Sands on piano and Ullysses Owens Jr. on drums) as they showcase classic jazz at its best at The Mahaffey, Friday, Nov. 2, 8 p.m.
Christian McBride is a bassist extraordinaire, composer, arranger and educator, who has appeared on close to 300 recordings. With the ability to blend classic jazz presentation with forward-thinking movement, his seemingly effortless approach to acoustic jazz, electric funk, and everything in between certify him as one of best jazz bassists in a generation.
Noted as one of the great spokespersons for the genre, McBride ‘s 2011 Grammy-winning big band release, The Good Feeling, marks a continuation in his growth as an artist.
A native of Philadelphia and protégé of his father, Lee Smith, McBride started on bass guitar, but he eventually switched to double bass and studied at the Juilliard School.
McBride has performed and recorded with a huge number of jazz legends and ensembles, including Freddie Hubbard, Joe Henderson, McCoy Tyner, Herbie Hancock, Pat Metheny, Diana Krall, Roy Haynes, Chick Corea, John McLaughlin, Wynton Marsalis, Hank Jones, Joshua Redman, and Ray Brown's "Superbass" with John Clayton, as well as with hip-hop, pop, soul, and classical musicians like The Roots, Kathleen Battle, Carly Simon, Sting, Bruce Hornsby, and James Brown.
In 2006, McBride was named to the position of "Creative Chair for Jazz" with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, taking over from Dianne Reeves. He was initially signed to a two-year contract that was subsequently renewed for an additional two years. He is currently the co-director of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, N.Y.
Ticket are priced $29-$49; prices include tax and facility fees, but are subject to additional convenience fees and handling charges. Tickets may be purchased online at TheMahaffey.com, charge by phone at 893-7832 or in person at The Mahaffey Box Office. The Box Office is open Wednesday through Saturday, from noon to 6 p.m. and at least 90 minutes prior to any ticketed event.