“McBride is a gifted musical prodigy who soaked up influences from every direction.” – New York Trend
Whether behind the bass or away from it, Christian McBride, an eight-time Grammy-winning bassist, composer, and bandleader, is always of the music. McBride is the Artistic Director of the historic Newport Jazz Festival, TD James Moody Jazz Festival, and the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, as well as a respected educator and advocate, serving as the Artistic Director of Jazz House KiDS and the Jazz Aspen Snowmass Summer Sessions. In addition to consistent touring, McBride hosts NPR’s “Jazz Night in America” and “The Lowdown: Conversations With Christian” on SiriusXM. Over the past 25 years he has performed and recorded with numerous jazz legends including Herbie Hancock, Diana Krall, and Wynton Marsalis, among others. He’s also crossed over genres to play with the likes of Sting, Carly Simon, and Edgar Meyer. From jazz to R&B, and hip-hop/neo-soul to classical, he is a 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. McBride makes his return to Knoxville after his appearances were cut short by illness last year at Big Ears 2023.