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“One of jazz’s forthright pleasures.” —The New York Times

What’s jazz?  What’s a rhythm section?  What does it mean to improvise? How can we all “Take the ‘A’ Train”?

One of the top jazz bass players of our times, Christian McBride won a 2012 Grammy Award with his big band. Now he’s bringing his quintet Inside Straight to 92Y to introduce the magic of toe-tapping, finger-snapping jazz.

Christian McBride & Inside Straight
      Christian McBride, bass / leader
      Peter Martin, piano
      Carl Allen, drums
      Warren Wolf, vibes
      Steve Wilson, sax

This concert is approximately 1 hour in duration.


The Family Music Series is underwritten by Eva Colin Usdan and John Usdan. Generous support is also provided by The Brodsky Family Foundation.

Brief Bio

Bassist extraordinaire, composer, arranger, educator, curator and administrator, Christian McBride has quickly become a leading figure in the jazz world. In 1989, the Philadelphia-born bassist moved to New York City to further his classical studies at The Juilliard School, but instead he was hired by Bobby Watson. Since then, Mr. McBride has been a player and an arranger for stars of jazz, R&B, pop/rock and hip-hop/neo-soul, including Freddie Hubbard, Sonny Rollins, Isaac Hayes, Natalie Cole, James Brown, Sting, Carly Simon, the Roots and Queen Latifah.

Since 2000, Mr. McBride has been a bandleader, beginning with his quartet, the Christian McBride Band; its CDs include Vertical Vision and Live at Tonic. In 2009, he released his quintet Inside Straight’s CD, Inside Brown. Last year, he released his first recording as a big band leader, The Good Feeling, which won a Grammy® Award for best large jazz ensemble recording. He records for Mack Avenue Records. Mr. McBride is also bringing his big band to 92Y for a concert on March 16.

In 2000, Christian was named Artistic Director of the Jazz Aspen Snowmass Summer Sessions. In 2005, he was appointed co-director of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem and Creative Chair for Jazz of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. His website is

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