Christian McBride’s New Jawn Quartet | SFJAZZ
Christian McBride’s New Jawn Quartet
Beyond his incomparable reputation as the standard-bearing bassist in modern jazz, Christian McBride has always been a restless explorer, constantly immersing himself in new musical environments with stimulating new collaborators. This evening presents the West Coast debut of McBride’s exciting new quartet called “New Jawn” in reference to that most Philadelphian of indefinable words. Echoing the two horns/no piano lineup of the classic Ornette Coleman quartet, New Jawn is comprised of some of the most forward-thinking jazz artists on today’s scene. Trumpeter Josh Evans is a protégé of the great Jackie McLean and in addition to work as a bandleader, has had extensive alliances with drummers Rashied Ali, T.S. Monk, and Winard Harper. Marcus Strickland topped both the DownBeat Critics and Readers Polls for Rising Star Saxophonist, and lent his indelible artistry to work with Roy Haynes, Dave Douglas, and Jeff “Tain” Watts. Meshell Ndegeocello produced Strickland’s new Blue Note album with his electro-acoustic Twi-Life band, Nihil Novi. Son of drumming luminary Freddie Waits, drummer Nasheet Waits is a founding member of pianist Jason Moran’s Bandwagon trio, and has an extensive résumé including stints with many of the jazz world’s elite, including Andrew Hill, Fred Hersch, and Antonio Hart.
Christian McBride bass
Marcus Strickland saxophones
Josh Evans trumpet
Nasheet Waits drums