Jazz Bassist Christian McBride Honors Civil Rights Icons at the Grammy Museum

In honor of Black History month, the Grammy Museum recently played host to legendary six-time Grammy-winning bassist, composer, producer, educator and social activist, Christian McBride for an evening of conversation and performance. Moderated by the museums' curator, Scott Goldman, a capacity audience was treated to McBride’s thoughts and impressions on his latest album release The Movement Revisited: A Musical Portrait of Four Icons, honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, Rosa Parks, and Muhammad Ali. McBride spoke passionately about the impact these historically important figures have had on the racial injustices that continue to plague America, the advances we have made and work that needs to be done.

A multitalented artist, McBride discussed the merging of elements of jazz, gospel, big band, swing, symphony, accompanied by the spoken word, to create a powerful message of optimism, while learning from our past to make a better future.

The evening's finale featured McBride dazzling the audience on his signature upright acoustic performing selections from his latest release. Critically acclaimed actress Beverly Todd joined McBride on stage served as an orator.
McBride originally composed the initial version of The Movement, Revisited in 1998. Commissioned by the Portland (ME) Arts Society and the National Endowment for the Arts, McBride's quartet and a 30-piece gospel choir performed throughout New England in the fall of 1998.