Christian McBride has publicly endorsed Justice for Jazz Artists.
The celebrated jazz bassist has performed and recorded with a huge number of jazz legends and ensembles, including Freddie Hubbard, Joe Henderson, McCoy Tyner, Herbie Hancock, Pat Metheny, Diana Krall, Roy Haynes, Chick Corea, John McLaughlin, Wynton Marsalis, Hank Jones, Lewis Nash, Joshua Redman, and Ray Brown’s “Superbass” with John Clayton, as well as with pop, hip-hop. soul, and classical musicians like Sting, The Roots, Kathleen Battle, Carly Simon, Bruce Hornsby, and James Brown.
McBride was heralded as a teen prodigy having joined saxophonist Bobby Watson’s group at age 17. From age 17 to 22, he played in the bands of older legends such as Watson, Freddie Hubbard, Benny Golson, Milt Jackson, J.J. Johnson and Hank Jones as well as his peers such as Roy Hargrove, Benny Green and Joshua Redman. In 1996, jazz bass legend Ray Brown formed a group called “SuperBass” built around McBride and fellow Brown protégé, John Clayton. The group released two CD’s: “SuperBass: Live at Scullers” (1997) and “SuperBass 2: Live at the Blue Note” (2001).
McBride began leading his own groups in 1995 after his debut CD Gettin’ To It (Verve Records) was released. Saxophonist Tim Warfield, pianists Charles Craig and Joey Calderazzo, and drummers Carl Allen and Greg Hutchinson are just a few of the musicians who played in McBride’s early groups. From 2000 to 2008, McBride fronted his own acoustic /electric fusion and funk ensemble, “The Christian McBride Band” with saxophonist Ron Blake, pianist/keyboardist Geoffrey Keezer and drummer Terreon Gully.