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Christian McBride

Christian McBride: Remembering Ray Brown & Tip City Trio

 

Christian McBride
Remembering Ray Brown
w/ Benny Green & Russell Malone
Tip City Trio

Sunday, October 8, 7:00pm
at SFJAZZ Center, Miner Auditorium

Christian McBride

Christian McBride: Remembering Ray Brown & Tip City Trio

More than a bass virtuoso and restlessly creative bandleader, Christian McBride is one of jazz’s foremost public intellectuals. An erudite and seemingly indefatigable force, he’s taken on a series of high profile positions running illustrious jazz institutions, like his 2016 appointment as artistic director of the iconic Newport Jazz Festival. Somehow he still finds time to work with half a dozen different bands, including the two trios on this double bill – both drummerless units with instrumentation that harkens back to the legendary trios of Nat Cole and Art Tatum. The recently formed Tip City features rising piano star Emmet Cohen and guitar innovator Rodney Jones, a Juilliard professor who spent years on the road with Dizzy Gillespie and Lena Horne. Made up of musicians who worked under the mentorship of bassist and jazz legend Ray Brown, the other band on the bill includes pianist Benny Green, who recorded nine albums with Brown in the late 1980s and early 1990s, and guitarist Russell Malone, who appeared on the bassist’s final recording in 2002. Together they pay tribute to the late bandleader and Dizzy Gillespie collaborator, one of McBride’s friends and greatest influences.

Artist Personnel

CHRISTIAN McBRIDE & TIP CITY
Christian McBride bass
Rodney Jones guitar
Emmet Cohen piano

REMEMBERING RAY BROWN
Christian McBride bass
Russell Malone guitar
Benny Green piano

Artist Website

"The musician with the technical, compositional and emotional skills to take jazz to another plane " — Variety
"The deep, dark-maple tone that Christian McBride elicits from an upright bass is one of jazz’s forthright pleasures " — The New York Times