“...a wonderfully cohesive entity, seamlessly working as a synchronized unit designed to demonstrate that mainstream jazz still contains a wealth of surprises.” KANSAS CITY STAR
“Christian McBride [was] steamrollering the audience of a fair-sized marquee into a state of near ecstasy.” FINANCIAL TIMES
"One of the premier musicians of his generation... " — DownBeat
“McBride never disappoints” – JazzTimes
Definition of Jawn - Philly slang used to describe everything and anything but is always understood; referring to anybody, indicating an item, destination, person, or thing; anything from the great city of Philadelphia...
Bassist Christian McBride leads the new group he has taken to calling his “New Jawn” — a quartet with the trumpeter Josh Evans, the saxophonist Marcus Strickland and the drummer Nasheet Waits. This latest grouping is a killer unit… tight, soulful, in the pocket and in the groove. By the way, Jawn is Philly slang to describe just about everything and anything, but most importantly, to understand why McBride named his new band so, it is probably this: “Jawn’ is one Philly thing New York can’t lay claim to.”
Four-time GRAMMY®-winning jazz bassist Christian McBride can be likened to a force of nature, fusing the fire and fury of a virtuoso with the depth and grounding of a seasoned journeyman. Powered by a relentless energy and a boundless love of swing, McBride’s path has taken a continuous positive arc since his arrival on the scene. With a career now blazing into its third decade, the Philadelphia native has become one of the most requested, most recorded, and most respected figures in the music world today.
Christian McBride brings that same breadth of experience to bear as Artistic Advisor for Jazz Programming at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), and in his appointment in 2015 as incoming Artistic Director for Newport Jazz Festival. He also hosts and produces “The Lowdown: Conversations With Christian” on SiriusXM satellite radio and National Public Radio’s “Jazz Night in America".
Completing the circle is his work with Jazz House Kids, the nationally recognized community arts organization founded by his wife, vocalist Melissa Walker. Exclusively dedicated to educating children through jazz, the “Jazz House” concept brings internationally renowned jazz performers to teach alongside a professional staff, offering students a wide range of creative programming that develops musical potential, enhances leadership skills, and strengthens academic performance. This shared celebration of America’s original musical art form cultivates tomorrow’s community leaders and global citizens while preserving its rich legacy for future generations. This should sound familiar to True Blue Jazz Fans & supporters.
Christian is a jazz luminary, with one hand ever reaching for new heights, and the other extended in fellowship—and perhaps the hint of a challenge—inviting us to join him. Now, his “New Jawn” will venture into parts yet to be charted in the world of Jazz & Bebop. And, like his chosen name for his current musical incarnation… Christian McBrides’s New Jawn will likely redefine what is Jazz, and what is hip.
Join True Blue Jazz as we welcome Christian McBride’s New Jawn to our Stage in their only appearance in Delaware, or the Peninsula, to date. DO NOT MISS THIS SHOW! Get your Tickets NOW!!!!