Christian McBride is the one of the premier bassists on today’s jazz and pop scene. In his 20-year career, he has established himself as a near-legendary player with an expansive musical curiosity, working with artists from all different genres of music and establishing himself as a master of jazz new and old.

Inside Straight is McBride’s acoustic jazz quintet, comprised of friends old and new. Formed in June 2007, the group was created to focus on playing straight-ahead acoustic jazz. The ensemble includes pianist Christian sands, a New Haven native who grew up and trained locally before making it big.

Pop Matters said of Inside Straight’s debut recording, Kind of Brown: “This music is unselfconsciously traditional: it’s fun; it swings. It’s not experimental, but it gives superb voice to several brilliant musicians...Christian McBride, the finest bassist of his generation, is on track. It’s his best record, and it puts a little jump in your step. It’s hot.”

Thu, June 20, 2013, 8:00pm
at the International Festival of Arts & Ideas
artidea.org

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