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Christopher McBride Quartet

Christopher McBride Quartet

  • Festival Performance Date: Friday, August 30, 2013
  • Festival Performance Time: 2:20 – 3:15pm
  • Festival Performance Location / Address: Millennium Park - Von Freeman Pavilion (South Promenade), 201 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601
  • Instrument: Bass

Superb Alto Saxophonist Christopher McBride has been slowly but steadily turning heads with his ubiquitous work as an invaluable sideman since the mid-aughts. Now the time has come for him to take a bow as a bandleader, and his 2012 debut album Quatuor de Force certainly establishes his ability to front a group and write his own soulful, melodically indelible tunes. Applauded for his ability to play in all musical situations, McBride has the ability to unleash a fiery attack and serrated tone, but on his recent album he explores a more measured, mellow sound heavily influenced by contemporary R&B—with a strong shot of Cannonball Adderley's post-bop sensuality–but his improvising is still rigorous and cogent.

Superb Alto Saxophonist Christopher McBride has been slowly but steadily turning heads with his ubiquitous work as an invaluable sideman since the mid-aughts. Now the time has come for him to take a bow as a bandleader, and his 2012 debut album Quatuor de Force certainly establishes his ability to front a group and write his own soulful, melodically indelible tunes. Applauded for his ability to play in all musical situations, McBride has the ability to unleash a fiery attack and serrated tone, but on his recent album he explores a more measured, mellow sound heavily influenced by contemporary R&B—with a strong shot of Cannonball Adderley's post-bop sensuality–but his improvising is still rigorous and cogent.

The son of a Honduran father and an American mother, Christopher McBride was born into a household that was filled with the diverse musical sounds of Gospel, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Reggae, Soca, Dancehall, World, and R&B. He displayed a natural musical talent at an early age, singing by the age of 1. Recognizing his fascination with music, his parents sent him to Suzuki classes at the age of 4 and by age 7, he was one of the youngest members of his church choir. The turning point of Christopher's musical journey happened at age 10 where he discovered and fell in love with the saxophone. Since 2007, Christopher has been in high demand as a musician and clinician, performing and teaching in Illinois, Missouri and various states throughout the country. In addition, he has shared his musical gift with audiences across the globe, performing in China, Ireland, England, Italy, Portugal, Scotland, Switzerland, and Spain. Throughout his career, Christopher has played with musical greats including Billy Preston, Antonio Hart, John Clayton, Jimmy Heath, Bobby Broom, Percy Gray, Roy Hargrove, Talib Kweli, Lupe Fiasco, Guy Sebastian, Jennifer Hudson, 88 Keys and Milton Mustafa. He now currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.

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