On May 23rd and 24th, Philly will be in the house at Jazz at Lincoln Center! Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, together with Music Director Wynton Marsalis, will perform in collaboration with supreme bassist Christian McBride and guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel! From beginnings in neighborhood bands to jam sessions in the Village to working with the best of the best, this pair of Philadelphia-born artists bring the breadth and depth of their musical experience and artistry straight to Rose Theater at JALC. The shows will premier exciting new arrangements of McBride’s and Rosenwinkel’s work presented by Wynton Marsalis and drummer Ali Jackson.
Having known each other since the 80s, both Rosenwinkel and McBride attended The Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts, where they expanded their musical network in the good company of some of Philly’s finest, musicians like Joey DeFrancesco and Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson of The Roots. And one of the many things we love about these superbly brilliant artists is that they both have an undeniable way of connecting with the music and audiences. Also, maybe it’s something about that Philly vibe, but when they have a great time on stage, you have a better one.
Look, main man or sideman, there’s no doubt – Christian McBride is the man. In the jazz world, the three-time Grammy Award-winner has a ubiquitous presence as a virtuoso. As a sideman alone, he appeared on nearly 300 recordings before the age 40, performing with giants like Freddie Hubbard, Sonny Rollins, Milt Jackson, McCoy Tyner, Roy Haynes, Chick Corea, and Herbie Hancock. As a quintessential musician, McBride is all the way in, having lent his considerable talents across genres including R&B, hip-hop, progressive soul, and classical. He has performed and collaborated with the likes of Chaka Khan, Isaac Hayes, Lalah Hathaway, The Roots, D’Angelo, and the Godfather of Soul, James Brown. Bringing all that to bear, McBride consistently performs with depth, nuance, soul, and a feel-good vibe that just stays right with you.
Kurt Rosenwinkel has been a trailblazer– creating new paths, unafraid to explore expansive terrains, while keeping close to multiple influences. Rosenkwinkel is not only a fan of hip-hop but, like McBride, has also worked with the best in the business. Hip-hop veteran Q-Tip, formally of A Tribe Called Quest, produced Kurt’s 2003 album Heartcore and Kurt performed on Q-Tip’s albums The Renaissance and Kamaal/The Abstract. Q-Tip notes of Rosenwinkel, “I think he’s the best guitar player in the world, bar none. He is a master of his instrument. But also his approach to things harmonically and melodically is really interesting, kind of along the same lines as I hear things.” Such a big up from a hip-hop veteran and trailblazer in his own right is well-deserved as the virtuosic guitarist has cultivated a style that is both erudite and straight from the heart. Ali Jackson puts it best, stating that Rosenwinkel possesses, “a very conscious and present understanding of the blues and what the blues are in jazz music.”
We certainly can’t wait to see what happens when these two take the stage in the House of Swing! So, friends, you have two chances to check out these shows AND Jazz at Lincoln Center has even offered an exclusive discount code to Revive followers. Need we say more?! We will, but for now… get your tickets HERE!
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