Category: McBride, Christian

Two 2010 Christian McBride interviews at NYU

More from Dr. David Schroeder at the NYU Steinhardt Jazz Studies Program today. Check out the short lived blog here. Here is a great two part interview with modern day great Christian McBride. The bassist spends time speaking about many all-time greats he has played with including Homer Mensch, Ron Carter, Illinois Jacquet, Hank Jones, Benny Carter, Joe Henderson, and Freddie Hubbard.

—Peter Blasevick

Three Christian McBride Interviews from the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival

This week I will be linking to some great video interviews from the JazzTimes YouTube page. There is so much more there than I’ll be posting this week, so be sure to check it out!

In this three part interview from the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival, Bassist Christian McBride talks about 1) his big band as well as about his smaller group, Inside Straight; 2) His commitment to jazz and music education and why he is determined to give back to young musicians through appearances at schools and clinics, but also why he thinks it’s important to play different styles of music other than jazz, and 3) his early musical education and development, including his first instrument, his first paid gig and an unusual appearance on daytime TV by Miles Davis. Interview by Lee Mergner.

—Peter Blasevick

Christian McBride – Always Evolving

More podcast interviews from today! JazzCorner is a portal for the official websites of hundreds of jazz musicians and organizations. There is a ton of great info you can get to from there, so check them out.

It hard to categorize bassist Christian McBride—he’s as adept on acoustic bass as well as electric and transitions easily from mainstream jazz to downright funk, always with rhythm, swing and poise. In this interview with producer Lois Gilbert, Christian takes us on his journey from his roots in Philadelphia to be one of the leading bassists of our time. McBride discusses much, including first coming to New York from his hometown of Philadelphia, the legendary James Brown, and a list of fellow bass players who have been supportive of him throughout his career.

Click here to listen to Christian McBride – Always Evolving


Conversations with Christian McBride: Hank Jones

Any nine minutes you can spend listening to Hank Jones—playing, talking, whatever—is nine minutes well spent. Here is a quick audio interview from that Hank Jones did with Christian McBride for his Conversations with Christian. Hank is fantastic talking about George Shearing, cars being towed at gigs, and lots more.

— Peter Blasevick

Christian McBride: Knocking on the Door

The Grammy winning bassist and bandleader Christian McBride sat down with Bob Kenselaar at in June of 2012 to discuss his big band, his career and future plans, and a host of other topics. From the intro:

“Since his arrival in New York in 1989 from his hometown of Philadelphia, the bassist has played with a host of jazz masters, starting with a stint in saxophonist Bobby Watson’s band just two weeks into McBride’s first semester at Juilliard. Before long, he signed up with trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, touring with him for over two years. Another especially important early gig for McBride was with Ray Brown’s Super Bass, working alongside Brown and John Clayton in the unusual setting of a three-bass trio. Over the years, he’s played with saxophonist Sonny Rollins, vibraphonist Milt Jackson, pianists McCoy Tyner, Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea, and guitarist Pat Metheny, among many others. And he’s worked with a wide spectrum of collaborators outside of jazz, including Isaac Hayes, Natalie Cole, James Brown, Sting, Carly Simon, the Shanghai Quartet, and Kathleen Battle.”

Click here to read Christian McBride: Knocking on the Door