Christian McBride

Grammy-winning jazz bassist, composer, and bandleader, Christian McBride is renowned for his unparalleled contributions to the genre. With a career spanning decades, McBride has become a cornerstone of the jazz world, showcasing his virtuosity and versatility across various styles. He has performed and recorded with numerous jazz legends including Herbie Hancock, Diana Krall, and Wynton Marsalis, among others. McBride’s also crossed over genres to play with the likes of Sting, Carly Simon, and Edgar Meyer. He continues to shape the landscape of jazz, leaving an enduring legacy that transcends genres. You won’t want to miss his performances in March, including a solo show and a rare collaboration with Edgar Meyer, among others.

Christian McBride Performances

Christian McBride (March 22)

Christian McBride and Edgar Meyer (March 22)

The legendary bassists will meld McBride’s jazz and R&B fusion with Meyer’s bluegrass and classical sensibilities for what is sure to be an unforgettable performance of new compositions as well as timeless, American standards. The timing of their performance couldn’t be any better as they just announced their new joint album, But Who’s Gonna Play the Melody, will be released the same day.

Christian McBride with Rhiannon Giddens and Francesco Turrisi (March 23)

Christian McBride, the driving force behind this spectacular trio. His walking bass lines, slurs, and strums meld with pianist Franceso Turrisi’s delicate improvisation as Rhiannon Giddens’ classical vocal style, though dotted with other influences, sensuously stretches above the noise. Big Ears Festival is thrilled to host the Christian McBride trio for their first North American performance.

Christian McBride and Brad Mehldau (March 23)

Christian McBride and Brad Mehldau go way back as they were members of the legendary original 1990s Joshua Redman Quartet, alongside Redman and Brian Blade. The two will come together at Big Ears Festival as a duo where McBride’s extraordinary bass playing will coalesce with Mehldau’s deeply nuanced flair on the piano.

Festival Pass Shipping Updated

This year, Big Ears is mailing festival wristbands to patrons and will begin shipping in as little as three weeks. In advance, we strongly recommend that you review the shipping address and info associated with your order to ensure that wristbands are delivered to the correct address. Once passes begin shipping, you will not be able to change your address. Each shipment will also include information about registering your wristband online to protect against theft or loss and open up possible special opportunities during the festival weekend. Head to to access your account.  

Pass Alert and Ticket Exchange

Passes for Big Ears 2024—now only seven weeks away—continue to sell briskly and are likely to sell out in advance this year. Don’t risk disappointment—now’s the time! 

If you missed your opportunity to purchase one of our sold-out pass types, you can head to the festival’s Verified Ticket Exchange where patrons unable to attend are offering their passes for sale to other fans. Likewise, for those whose plans have changed, you can offer your pass to another verified fan. The Ticket Exchange by Ticketmaster is the only official resale partner for the festival and passes purchased or sold via the exchange are guaranteed to be 100% legitimate. Big Ears cannot verify the authenticity of passes purchased via a third party or any other method. Thanks for helping us keep passes in the hands of fans! 

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