Christian McBride

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Christian McBride


John J. Cali School of Music

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Artist in Residence for the 2022-2023 Academic Year


Christian McBride


Christian McBride is an eight-time GRAMMY-winning bassist, composer, and bandleader. He is the Artistic Director of the historic Newport Jazz Festival, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), the TD James Moody Jazz Festival, and the National Jazz Museum in Harlem. McBride is also a respected educator and advocate for youth, and serves as Artistic Director of Jazz House KiDS and the Jazz Aspen Snowmass Summer Sessions. In addition to artistic directing and consistent touring with his ensembles, he hosts NPR’s “Jazz Night in America” and “The Lowdown: Conversations With Christian” on SiriusXM. Whether behind the bass or away from it, Christian McBride is always part of the music. From jazz to R&B, and pop/rock 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.

With over 200 recordings to his credit, the gifted Milwaukee-born, New York-based drummer, sideman, bandleader, entrepreneur, and educator, Carl Allen’s profound and propulsive percolations provided soulful and syncopated support for nearly three decades. Allen maintains an exhaustive schedule of recording, touring and teaching. He remains active as a sideman with Christian McBride and Inside Straight, Benny Golson and others. As a leader most recently leading The Carl Allen Quartet as well as The Art of Elvin, a tribute band dedicated to his two drum influences, Art Blakey and Elvin Jones was started after the passing of Elvin Jones in 2004. Carl Allen’s multifaceted career provides the perfect template for what a modern musician should be. As Sid Gribetz of Jazz Times wrote, “more than just another fine drummer, Carl Allen has it all together as a bandleader, businessman, and producer, becoming a force in today’s jazz world.


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Additional Information

Tuesday, October 18, 2022 1:30p Jazz Theory 2:30p Bass Masterclass 7:00p Cali Conversations with Director Anthony Mazzocchi, Leshowitz Recital Hall

Tuesday, November 22, 2022 9:45-11AM Marketing Class in Feliciano School of Business 12:30-pm-2pm General Masterclass: Performance Practice in Leshowitz Recital Hall 2:30pm-3:45pm Jazz Arranging in Leshowitz Recital Hall

Wednesday January 25, 2023 10:00a String chamber ensembles in Improv in Leshowitz Recital Hall 1:30p Cali Midweek Concert with Jazz Faculty in Leshowitz Recital Hall 2:30p Combo Workshop, Leshowitz Recital Hall 4:00p Graduate Jazz Arranging Class (Students Only)

Thursday January 26, 2023 12pm Radio Interview with Anabella Poland at SCM 1:30p Business Workshop: Newport Jazz Festival Presentation in Leshowitz Recital Hall

Friday January 27, 2023 11:15a Foundations of Music Education (Students Only) 12:00n MSUJE - Reading Workshop 1:30p Combo visit in Leshowitz Recital Hall

Monday, February 20 1-1:50PM | Leshowitz Recital Hall in Leshowitz Theory Practicum 2PM | Leshowitz Recital Hall Mike Lee Combo 3-4PM | Leshowitz Recital Hall Jazz Improvisation II 4-5PM | Leshowitz Recital Hall Grad Jazz Combo

Tuesday, February 21 2-4PM | Leshowitz Recital Hall String Jazz Jamboree with the Harlem Quartet and String Students 4:15-5PM | Leshowitz Recital Hall Oscar Perez Combo 5-6PM | Room 201 Wind Symphony Visit Monday, March 13, 2023 Tuesday, March 14, 2023

Christian McBride