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Civic Music Association Presents Jazz Bassist Christian McBride & Inside Straight

Posted September 27, 2012 in Web Exclusives

(Des Moines, IA) Civic Music Association is proud to continue the 12/13 Concert Season with Christian McBride & Inside Straight, on Friday, October 12th at 7:30 pm at Drake University’s Sheslow Auditorium. A pre-concert talk with Bob Naujoks from Jazz KCCK Radio, will take place in Sheslow Auditorium at 6:45 pm. This concert is sponsored by EMC Insurance Companies.


Grammy winner, bassist extraordinaire, composer, arranger, educator, curator and administrator, Christian McBride, has been one of the most important and most omnipresent figures in the jazz world for 20 years.

Beginning in 1989, this Philadelphia-born bassist moved to New York City to further his classical studies at the Juilliard School, only to be snatched up by alto saxophonist, Bobby Watson. Since then, McBride’s list of accomplishments have been nothing short of staggering. As a sideman in the jazz world alone, he’s worked with the best of the very best – Freddie Hubbard, Sonny Rollins, J.J. Johnson, Ray Brown, Milt Jackson, McCoy Tyner, Roy Haynes, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock and Pat Metheny. In the R&B world, he’s not only played with, but also arranged for Isaac Hayes, Chaka Khan, Natalie Cole, Lalah Hathaway, and the one and only Godfather of Soul himself, James Brown. In the pop/rock world, he’s extensively collaborated with Sting, Carly Simon, Don Henley, and Bruce Hornsby. In the hip-hop/neo-soul world, he’s collaborated with the Roots, D’Angelo, and Queen Latifah. In many other specialty projects, he’s worked closely with opera legend Kathleen Battle, bass virtuoso Edgar Meyer, the Shanghai Quartet and the Sonus Quartet.

Away from the bass, Christian has become quite an astute and respected spokesperson for the music. In 1997, he spoke on former President Bill Clinton’s town hall meeting “Racism in the Performing Arts”. In 2000, he was named Artistic Director of the Jazz Aspen Snowmass Summer Sessions. In 2005, he was officially named the co-director of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem. Also in 2005, he was named the second Creative Chair for Jazz of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association.

Performing with McBride will be his jazz ensemble, Inside Straight, comprised of Peter Martin (piano), Carl Allen (drums), Warren Wolf (vibes), and Steve Wilson (saxophone.)


Tickets may be purchased by visiting Midwestix at www.midwestix.com, contacting the Civic Music Association office at 515-280-4020 or visiting the Civic Music Association box office located at 1620 Pleasant Street, Suite 244 in Sherman Hill. Tickets range from $18-$49 with special student prices in all sections.  In addition, students may purchase any available ticket one-hour prior to the concert for $7 (with valid student id.)

For more information about Civic Music Association, call 515-280-4020 or visit us at www.civicmusic.org.

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