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Updated: Jun 13

The artistic director of JAZZ HOUSE KiDS and the MONTCLAIR JAZZ FESTIVAL, Christian McBride is an eight-time GRAMMY Award-winning bassist/composer and the host of NPR's Jazz Night in America. Since the early 1990s, McBride has recorded on over 300 dates as a sideman. However, he's been a leader from his debut recording in 1995. Aside from stints with artists like Sting, Chick Corea, Pat Metheny, Roy Haynes, Freddie Hubbard and George Duke, McBride has been artist-in-residence and artistic director with organizations such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Jazz Museum in Harlem, Jazz Aspen, NJPAC and the Newport Jazz Festival. McBride manages to tour consistently with his quartet, the New Jawn and his quintet, Inside Straight. He also fronts the Grammy-winning Christian McBride Big Band, whose Mack Avenue recordings, The Good Feeling and Bringin' It won the Grammy Award for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album in 2012 and 2017, respectively. In addition, McBride hosts “The Lowdown: Conversations with Christian" on SiriusXM and DJs at clubs as DJ Brother Mister. Every year McBride puts together a special band of all-stars just to perform at the Montclair Jazz Festival and fans can’t wait to see what he has in store this year.

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