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St. Cecilia Music Center proudly presents the Christian McBride Trio this Thursday, February 19 at 7:30 p.m. featuring one of the most dynamic bassists of his generation, Christian McBride. In concert, McBride combines his deft musicianship with an innate ability to communicate his enthusiasm to an audience—a warm showmanship that transforms his own passion into infectious joy.

The trio includes 41 year-old McBride and two younger emerging artists, pianist Christian Sands and drummer Ulysses Owens, Jr. creating a jazz tour de force. They have been performing as a trio for about three years, honing their concerts to a fine point of hardcore swingin,’ blues and the American songbook. By the way, McBride released his fifth recording “Out Here” on Mack Avenue Records featuring the trio.

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For those who don't know, McBride is considered a virtuoso, and is one of the most recorded musicians of his generation. In addition to producing his own recordings, McBride has performed and recorded with a number of jazz legends and ensembles including Freddie Hubbard, McCoy Tyner, Brad Mehldau, Herbie Hancock, Pat Metheny, Joe Henderson, Diana Krall, Roy Haynes, Chick Corea, John McLaughlin, Wynton Marsalis, Hank Jones, Michael Dease, Joshua Redman, and Ray Brown's "Superbass" with John Clayton, as well as with pop, hip-hop and soul musicians like Sting, Paul McCartney, Celine Dion, Isaac Hayes, The Roots, Queen Latifah, Carly Simon, Bruce Hornsby, and James Brown. McBride played bass on Chick Corea’s Album Trilogy that won the Best Jazz Instrumental Album at the February 8th 2015 Grammy’s. Trilogy features Chick Corea on piano, Christian McBride on bass and Brian Blade on drums. Enough said!

Tickets for the February 19 concert at St. Cecilia Music Center featuring the Christian McBride Trio are $42 for A section seats and $37 for B section seats. Student tickets are $10 and will be available only on the day of the show. The concert will be followed by a complementary post-concert reception to meet the members of the trio. St. Cecilia also offers a pre-concert wine and hors d’oeuvres reception, which is free to subscribers and is $15 for single ticket buyers (pre-concert reception reservations should be made by today, Monday, February 16). For concert tickets and to make reservations for the pre-concert reception call 616-459-2224 or visit St. Cecilia Music Center at 24 Ransom NE, Grand Rapids, 49503. Tickets can be also purchased online at www.scmc-online.org.