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

This bassist, composer, educator and bandleader won a 2012 Grammy® Award with his big band for The Good Feeling, featuring his own arrangements of jazz standards like “Broadway” and original works like “Bluesin’ in Alphabet City,” which was commissioned by Wynton Marsalis for the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. (Click the “Video & Audio tab for clips.)

Now Christian McBride presents the music of The Good Feeling live at 92Y. As a special guest, the emcee for the evening will be Mr. Danny Ray, the long-time emcee for James Brown, the “King of Soul.” Brown was one of McBride’s first mentors, so he is pleased to welcome his old friend Danny Ray to 92Y.

Christian McBride, leader, bass

Jaleel Shaw, alto sax

Todd Bashore, alto sax
Ron Blake, tenor sax
Loren Schoenberg, tenor sax
Carl Maraghi, baritone sax

Freddie Hendrix, trumpet
Frank Greene, trumpet
Brandon Lee, trumpet
Nabate Isles, trumpet

James Burton, trombone
Michael Dease, trombone
Steve Davis, trombone
Douglas Purviance, bass trombone

Quincy Phillips, drums

Xavier Davis, piano
Melissa Walker, vocals

Danny Ray, special guest emcee


92Y Jazz is underwritten by Gilda and Henry Block, and Kenneth Kolker. This series is partially endowed by Simona and Jerome A. Chazen.

Christian McBride Big Band
BIRD/McRAE/WOOD (arr. McBride): “Broadway,” from The Good Feeling
(Mack Avenue Records)

Christian McBride Big Band
McBRIDE: “Bluesin’ in Alphabet City,” from The Good Feeling
(Mack Avenue Records)


Christian McBride Big Band
“The Making of The Good Feeling

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 played with, and done arrangements for, stars of jazz, R&B, pop/rock and hip-hop/neo-soul like Freddie Hubbard, Sonny Rollins, Isaac Hayes, Natalie Cole, James Brown, Sting, Carly Simon, the Roots and Queen Latifah. In other specialty projects, he’s worked closely with opera legend Kathleen Battle, the Shanghai Quartet and the Sonus Quartet.

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; they will present a 92Y Family Concert on May 12. 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 wrote several of the works on The Good Feeling, including Bluesin' in Alphabet City, which had been commissioned by Jazz at Lincoln Center. Among his other works is The Movement Revisited, a four-movement suite for big band, gospel choir and four actors, dedicated to Rosa Parks, Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

In 2000, Mr. McBride 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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