Hear the versatile bassist Christian McBride perform with his new trio in the Soundcheck studio.
In this episode: Soundcheck's Players On Players continues with songwriter Erin McKeown and Domonique Foxworth, a former Baltimore Raven, current president of the NFL Players Association, and future student at Harvard Business School.
Plus, the acclaimed and well-traveled jazz bassist (and occasional Soundcheck guest host) Christian McBride performs in the Soundcheck studio with his new trio comprised of two young guns of jazz, pianist Christian Sands and drummer Ulysses Owens Jr.
And producer Gretta Cohn talks with Soundgarden bassist Ben Shepherd about his new solo record, which you can stream all this week in our Check Ahead.
S. Epatha Merkerson is best known for her role on the TV series “Law & Order,” but her new documentary explores different territory. “The Contradictions of Fair Hope” chronicles the evolution of an African-American benevolent society that was founded to support newly freed slaves after the Civil War. Merkerson and fellow producer Rockell Metcalf talk about the project with guest host Christian McBride, who composed music for the film.
Jazz singer Gregory Porter looks like a linebacker – which makes sense, because that’s exactly what he used to be. Although a shoulder injury put an end to that career path, things have worked out pretty well for Porter--his 2010 recording debut, “Water,” earned him a Grammy nomination the following year. His sophomore effort is called “Be Good,” and he talks with guest host Christian McBride about the record and performs some of it live in our studio.
Best known for her role on the TV series “Law & Order,” S. Epatha Merkerson joins guest host Christian McBride to talk about her documentary, “The Contradictions of Fair Hope.” It chronicles the evolution of an African-American benevolent society that was founded to support newly freed slaves after the Civil War. Plus, a live performance from jazz singer Gregory Porter.
With his electrifying stage presence, wild screams, and revolutionary rhythm, James Brown tore up the music world and earned the nickname the “Godfather of Soul.” Today: A fresh look at the R&B legend’s life, with biographer R.J. Smith and former James Brown bassist, Fred Thomas. Plus: Guest host Christian McBride steps out from behind the microphone to lead an all-star James Brown tribute band calling themselves "The Junior J.B.'s."
The new documentary “On the Shoulders of Giants” tells the story of the Harlem Rens, an all-black basketball team that played in New York at the height of the Harlem Renaissance cultural explosion. Guest host (and secret sports blogger) Christian McBride talks with two people behind the film, NBA great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and composer Bill Cunliffe, about overlap between two golden eras of sports and the arts.
Bassist and composer Christian McBride’s career has spanned two decades, nine albums and countless collaborations. This week, he wears a different hat – as our guest host. Today on the show: he talks with NBA great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar about the Harlem Rens: an all-black basketball team that played in New York at the height of the Harlem Renaissance. Plus, Allman Brothers Band bassist Oteil Burbridge plays live.
Christian McBride has proven himself to be quite the conversationalist over the years – hosting public talks at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem and a Sirius XM interview-style program. The jazz bassist’s latest album release, called “Conversations with Christian,” is an album of thirteen intimate duets with a bit of verbal back-and-forth sprinkled in. He’ll join us in the studio to play – and talk – live.