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Grammy Award-Winning Bassist
Christian McBride Plays The Rialto

2010 January 15


Grammy Award-winning bassist Christian McBride will be playing with his band Inside Straight at the Rialto Center for the Arts this Saturday.

McBride, whose musical styles vary as much as the musicians he has played with, has been one of the most popular bass players for the past two decades. Before leading his own bands, McBride played as a sideman or session player with the biggest names in the music industry, including McCoy Tyner, Sting, Willie Nelson and Diana Krall.

While studying at Julliard in 1990, McBride became an in-demand player in clubs around New York. A year later, he left to tour with Roy Hargrove and then landed a position playing for three years with Freddie Hubbard’s band.

McBride has recorded on more than 250 albums with a disparate group of musicians, including Uri Caine with the out-there, soulful and funky band The Philadelphia Experiment.

The video above comes from McBride’s performance earlier this week on “Good Day New York” where his band played a tune from his newest album “Kinda Brown.”

McBride and Inside Straight will perform at the Rialto on Saturday, Jan. 17 at 8 p.m.

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