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Grammy Winner Bassist Christian McBride Embraces 2021 With ‘The Movement Revisited’ Performance

courtesy of Mack Avenue Records

Six-time Grammy award-winning jazz bassist Christian McBride has kicked off 2021 in grand musical style. From his newly formed label imprint, Brother Mister on Mack Avenue Records; saluted as DownBeat Jazz Artist-of-the-Year (2020); and a historical digital musical performance sponsored by the National Museum of African American History & Culture (NMAAHC) on January 18, 4–5:30 pm EST entitled “A People’s Holiday.”

Inspired by his most recent studio album, “The Movement Revisited: A Musical Portrait of Four Icons,” McBride will perform an original work to celebrate the birthday of civil right icon Martin Luther King, Jr.

The 45-minute concert of jazz and poetry will feature an appearance by the Pulitzer Prize recipient and poet Evie Shockley. The performance ends with a live appearance by McBride to participate in a dynamic conversation and audience Q&A session. This program receives the generous support of the Kenan Foundation.

“What’s going on with our society right now is that we’re picking up the struggle over civil rights – human rights, really – where we left off at an earlier time in our culture, while also fighting some new battles. So, if ‘The Movement Revisitedcan propel awareness of not just today’s issues, but our history, while pleasing people musically, then it has done its job.”

Christian McBride

McBride’s critically acclaimed album “The Movement Revisited: A Musical Portrait of Four Icons,” on Mack Avenue Records is a masterful salute to Black History and the critical speeches that launched the movement of change and hope in America. Culminating musical documentation of a richly inspired piece – lauding four key figures of the Civil Rights Movement: Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, Rosa Parks, and Muhammad Ali.

Marshaling his ever-sharpening skills as a composer, arranger, conductor, musician, and lyricist. McBride created a historically and culturally illuminating five-part suite for an 18-piece big band, chorus, and narrators that places the motivating forces and the goals of the Civil Rights Movement within a powerfully relevant artistic context.

“The movement was much bigger than the four historical figures I included,” Christian notes. “But these four icons are people who touched me deeply; therefore, I decided to put the tagline ‘A Musical Portrait of Four Iconsas opposed to calling it a portrait of the Civil Rights Movement.”

Born in Philadelphia, McBride is a gifted musical prodigy who soaked up influences from every direction. At the tender age of 17, he was recruited by saxophonist Bobby Watson to join his group, Horizon.

During the 1990s, he worked with some of the most prominent jazz names, including Pat Metheny, Wynton Marsalis, Freddie Hubbard, Chick Corea, and significant pop and rock stars like Sting, Paul McCartney, James Brown, and Celine Dion.

His skills were also coveted by the classical music world, including opera legends Kathleen Battle and Renee Fleming. He is also a respected educator and advocate, first noted in 1997 when he spoke on former President Bill Clinton’s town hall meeting “Racism in the Performing Arts.” He has since been named Artistic Director of the Jazz Aspen Snowmass Summer Sessions (2000), co-director of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem (2005), and the Second Creative Chair for Jazz of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association (2005).

Event Link to register: The People’s Holiday

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