“One of the premier musicians of his generation” (DownBeat ), four-time GRAMMY winning bassist and former SFJAZZ Resident Artistic Director Christian McBride is widely regarded as the standard-bearer for jazz bassists in the 21st century. He returned with the West Coast debut of his new project — a quintet of rising young master instrumentalists including saxophonist Nicole Glover, guitarist Ely Perlman, pianist Mike King, and Oakland-born drummer Savannah Harris – filmed in June 2022 during the 39th San Francisco Jazz Festival, and originally premiered on SFJAZZ At Home’s weekly Fridays Live series.
Christian McBride: bass
Nicole Glover: tenor saxophone
Ely Perlman: guitar
Mike King: piano
Savannah Harris: drums
“Theme for Malcolm” by Donald Brown
“Dolphin Dance” by Herbie Hancock
“Elevation” by Ely Perlman
“More Is” by Savannah Harris
"Familiar Steps" by Christian McBride
"A Morning Story" by Christian McBride
"Brouhaha" by Christian McBride
“Blues For Mel” by Nicole Glover
ABOUT CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE
“The musician with the technical, compositional and emotional skills to take jazz to another plane” — Variety
Among the most recorded artists in jazz history, McBride has appeared on well over 300 sessions by many of the most illustrious figures in jazz, including Sonny Rollins, McCoy Tyner, Freddie Hubbard, Joe Henderson, Chick Corea, and Pat Metheny, while also collaborating with artists as diverse as Kathleen Battle, Sting and Questlove of The Roots.
The bassist has led a procession of diverse groups in the studio and on tour since the mid-90s, most recently his hard swinging Inside Straight quintet featuring SFJAZZ Collective vibraphonist Warren Wolf, and the Christian McBride Big Band, whose 2011 release The Good Feeling won that year’s GRAMMY for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album. With this fresh new quintet, as with all his projects, McBride brings a kaleidoscopic musical vision and a restless drive for fresh avenues of expression.