Jazz Notes: Bridging Generations of Jazz with Christian McBride
Christian McBride personifies the theme of Generations of Jazz that pervades The Jazz Cruise.
One of our guests commented on our Facebook page that Christian McBride is a national treasure. We agree. Christian is permanently at the forefront of the movement to spread the word of jazz — locally, nationally and internationally.
Christian is a multi-faceted force in music. He is a bassist, bandleader, composer, arranger, educator, radio host, artistic director, DJ (as Brother Mister), stand-up comedian, advocate, producer, film consultant and heaven knows what else. And he is damn good at all of it. On the other hand, to our knowledge, he has not suited up for any games played by his beloved Philadelphia sports teams. Wait, he has performed the National Anthem at several 76ers NBA games while always decked out in team gear, so perhaps that counts.
Mentored by elders like Ray Brown and Freddie Hubbard among others, Christian is a living bridge to multiple generations of jazz musicians, on and off the bandstand. Leader of numerous bands featuring emerging artists such as The Jazz Cruise ’22 artists Emmet Cohen and Warren Wolf, Christian also pays it forward through his work as a teacher and mentor through Jazz House Kids and other programs geared to young and developing musicians. Finally, he’s become a first-call sideman and collaborator with legends like Chick Corea, Pat Metheny and many others.
Aboard The Jazz Cruise in 2022, you’ll get to see Christian not only perform in different ensembles but also exercise one of his special chops, the art of interviewing, because he’ll sit down for talks with his peers and heroes to be included in his SiriusXM show “The Lowdown: Conversations With Christian.”
Christian McBride personifies the theme of Generations of Jazz that pervades The Jazz Cruise and we can’t imagine sailing without his inspirational music, his generous spirit and his commanding presence.
CHAT LIVE WITH CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE!
While we await sailing with Christian next year, you can hear him TONIGHT in the new season-opening episode of Jazz Cruise Conversations Live.
Hosted by Alonzo Bodden, join Christian for a fun and insightful jazz chat at 8 p.m. ET (tonight, January 13) on The Jazz Cruise’s Facebook or YouTube pages.
EMMET’S EXTRAORDINARY PLAYLIST: Emmet Cohen’s Favorite Christian McBride Recordings
At the heart of The Jazz Cruise’s mission to present the very best of all Generations of Jazz is our very own Emmet Cohen. The Jazz Cruise provided the venue for Emmet’s first professional performances. His youth belies the fact that he has been on the scene doing great things for many years now, as the leader of his own groups and as a participant with others.
His energy, positivity and talent is matched by a deep knowledge of the jazz canon, and that is why we are introducing Emmet’s Extraordinary Playlist! In this space, Emmet will regularly share with you an essay and a playlist tied to one of The Jazz Cruise artists. It’s fortuitous that the subject of this week’s Jazz Notes is Emmet’s good friend and mentor, Christian McBride.
Take it away, Emmet:
Oscar Peterson, Ray Brown, Monty Alexander and Benny Green … these are some of the luminaries who first caught my ear as a young aspiring jazz musician. They all personify that powerful, poignant feeling of deep swing I quickly fell in love with. As my world started to expand and I grew to know more about jazz, I became very familiar with the rich bass sounds of Christian McBride. That beat, pulse, drive, forward motion — however we name it — it’s unmatched and unbridled. When McBride starts walking a bass line, the room immediately lights up, people begin to smile, toes start tapping — and that’s what gives this music its majesty.
Growing up in Montclair, NJ (where Christian and his wife Melissa reside), I had the opportunity to meet and talk with him at various gigs, Jazz House Kids events, and other chance run-ins over the years. He was warm and supportive, and always had time to teach a young musician a rare tune, lick or chord progression. A few years later, I participated in the Monterey Jazz Festival’s Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, a conglomerate all-star group for high school students, where Christian was the special guest. We played some of his tunes on the main stage at the festival in 2008, and right then and there I knew I would do whatever it would take to join one of his bands after I graduated from the University of Miami and moved to New York.
As young jazz musicians do, I prepared for nearly a decade for the opportunity, and he gave me a shot — multiple shots, in fact. I learned so many distinct lessons in the various moments on and off the bandstand. One important realization I had early on was the ease with which he can make other musicians on stage feel most comfortable and welcomed, and always lay a foundation that allows them to perform at their best. It’s amazing to watch him do it even as a 22-year-old young lion with Joshua Redman, Brian Blade and Brad Mehldau, as you can see and hear by clicking here!
AMP UP THE TJC EXPERIENCE: Cruise Essentials Packages Save Time & Money!
Most guests on The Jazz Cruise (TJC) elect to purchase both an Internet Plan and one of the various Alcoholic or Non-Alcoholic Beverage Packages. This combination is so popular that we call them “The Cruise Essentials.” Now, rather than purchasing these items separately, we have created several packages which allow you to quickly and economically purchase The Cruise Essentials. As a gift, Celebrity Cruises allowed us to add a Laundry component for free to create the all-new “Cruise Essentials Packages!
There are significant benefits to purchasing one of The Cruise Essentials Packages:
SAVINGS: You save money by purchasing the package, rather than purchasing each item separately.
ONE STOP SHOPPING: You complete one form and you are done.
PAYMENT PLAN: You can add the cost to your current payment plan or create a new payment plan just for your Cruise Essentials Package.
MODIFY YOUR PACKAGE: The Cruise Essentials Packages are not one size fits all. There are several options available, each option providing savings.
GATEWAY TO EXCURSIONS, SPECIALTY DINING, SPA TREATMENTS & MORE: In addition to savings on Internet, Laundry and Beverages, by purchasing one of The Cruise Essentials Packages you become eligible for exclusive deals on Excursions, Specialty Dining, Spa Treatments and more. Every such purchase on the ship will have a Guest Price and a price for those with The Cruise Essentials Package. You will save on EVERY SERVICE you purchase in these categories.
Click here for the all the details, including full package descriptions, your pricing, savings and the form to complete your purchase!
Now Is the Time to Complete
Your Reservation for The Jazz Cruise ’22
The Jazz Cruise sails exactly one year from Sunday (January 17), yet this much-anticipating return to sea is already more than 80% reserved. This is a record level of reservations this far ahead of sailing, but the good news is great stateroom options remain, including some balconies!
Completing a reservation this month not only secures a stateroom, but doing so also locks in the following:
For Past Guests: The Special Past Guest Pricing & Benefits you have earned expire on January 31, 2021. Call us for all the details.
For Everyone: January 2021 is the final month for the No Deposit Payment Plan. Anyone reserving a stateroom this month may do so without any Deposit and has the option to select either a 10 month (equal) payment schedule beginning on February 1 or four (4) equal payments each due on February 15, May 15, August 15 and November 15, 2021.
Click here for all the exciting details about the The Jazz Cruise ’22, including the star-studded lineup, pricing and additional cruise details. Our team is available to you right now (9am – 5pm CT Monday-Friday). Just call us at 888.852.9987 or send an email to email@example.com and we will answer it as soon as possible.