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Christian McBride Big Band w/ José James

  • SFJAZZ Miner Auditorium 201 Franklin Street San Francisco, CA, 94102 United States (map)

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To hear a well-rehearsed, top-shelf big band these days is a rarity — much less with a major jazz star at its helm.

Christian McBride already has more notches than can fit on any belt. But until 2011’s The Good Feeling, McBride had never recorded an album with his own big band. As the title implies, it’s a swaggering, hard-swinging session featuring a cast of New York’s best sidemen, winning the GRAMMY Award for Best Large Ensemble Jazz Album in 2012. For this exclusive show, jazz and R&B crossover star José James joins the band as a special guest vocalist.

Bassist Christian McBride is widely regarded as the standard-bearer for jazz bassists in the 21st century, and is among the most recorded artists of his generation. He has appeared on over 300 albums with many of the most illustrious figures in jazz, including Sonny Rollins, McCoy Tyner, Freddie Hubbard, Chick Corea, Joe Henderson and Pat Metheny, while collaborating with artists from across the musical spectrum like Kathleen Battle, Sting, and Questlove of The Roots. He’s led a procession of diverse groups since the mid-90s, and for his residency, he performs in settings ranging from duo to trio to big band.

The musician with the technical, compositional and emotional skills to take jazz to another plane.
— Variety
One of the premier musicians of his generation...
— Downbeat
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