Six-time Grammy Award winning bassist Christian McBride leads an all-star quartet that draws on the powerhouse connection between McBride and drummer Nasheet Waits. The frontline of Josh Evans (trumpet) and Marcus Strickland (sax) soar as they are propelled by one of the world’s greatest rhythm sections with no piano or guitar chords to ground them. The word “Jawn” is used in Philadelphia slang (McBride’s home town) to describe a “person place or thing” (Urban Dictionary). Christian is referring to “The New Thing,” perhaps alluding to the music of Ornette Coleman and Sonny Rollins when they were exploring chord-less quartet music in the early 1960s. All four of the musicians in this quartet are themselves remarkable leaders. They have gathered together in this configuration to explore the creative potential of music without a harmonic instrument, to discover new sounds and develop new forms of expression.
McBride is one of the most-recorded bassists and leading representatives in jazz, having played with such top names as Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Freddie Hubbard, Roy Hargrove, Pat Metheny and others too numerous to mention. He is also one of its leading spokespersons. He hosts “Jazz Night in America” on NPR and “The Lowdown, Conversations with Christian” on SiriusXM.