Marvin Gaye: What’s Going On at 50 / A Concert Celebration – Christian McBride, music director - 92Y, New York

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Marvin Gaye: What’s Going On — A 50th Anniversary Celebration

Marvin Gaye: What’s Going On at 50

A Concert Celebration – Christian McBride, music director
Christian McBride, Marcus Strickland, Christian Sands

May 21, 2021 marks 50 years since the release of one of the most iconic, enduring and resonant albums of all time – Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On. Seven-time Grammy winning bassist, artistic director, broadcaster and educator Christian McBride curates an exploration and celebration of the landmark album and groundbreaking artist.

Marvin Gaye’s 1971 masterpiece is universally regarded as one of the most influential recordings ever made, arguably the most – Rolling Stone awarded it the Number One spot on their 2020 list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. And with its themes of social justice, police brutality, environmental anxiety and a world on edge, the album, its messages and its cry for compassion are as resonant in the spring of 2021 as they were an astonishing half century ago.

Music Director of 92Y’s 50th Anniversary Celebration of What’s Going On Christian McBride launches our events with a concert streamed from our stage celebrating the musical genius of this timeless album through a soul-jazz lens. Joined by an intimate group of stellar jazz artists featuring Marcus Strickland on sax, David Gilmore on guitar, percussionist Gabo Lugo, and the top flight rhythm section of Christian Sands and Billy Kilson with McBride on bass, they reimagine What’s Going On’s most essential tracks, including the title track, “Inner City Blues,” “Mercy Mercy Me” and more. What’s Going On is an album many know intimately. Christian McBride invites you to hear its music and spirit in a whole new light.

Christian McBride, music director

Marcus Strickland, saxophone
David Gilmore, guitar
Christian Sands, piano
Christian McBride, bass
Billy Kilson, drums
Gabo Lugo, percussion

This event will be available for three days only after the streaming date.

Recorded on April 9

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Christian McBride

Christian McBride

Christian McBride is a seven-time GRAMMY Award winning bassist, composer, and bandleader …

Marcus Strickland

Marcus Strickland

Born in 1979, jazz saxophonist Marcus Strickland is a charter member of the 21st century jazz vanguard …

David Gilmore

David Gilmore

David Gilmore has recorded and performed with many of today’s most influential modern artists …

Billy Kilson

Billy Kilson

The Berklee educated, innovative drummer Billy Kilson may have started out playing the trumpet and trombone …

Gabo Lugo

Gabo Lugo

Gabriel [Gabo] Lugo, born in Puerto Rico, received a Latin Grammy nomination at the age of 17 for production work …

Please note that all 92Y regularly scheduled in-person programs are suspended.