"Tip City is a catchphrase I learned from older musicians when I first started playing gigs around New York in the late 80’s. It was code for swinging hard. After playing a set with the late, great drummer Billy Higgins, or the late, great pianist James Williams, they would raise their hand in hi-five position and happily declare, 'THAT was TIP CITY!' With that in mind, I’ve named this band after its perpetual metaphoric destination, Tip City.” - Christian McBride
Bassist Christian McBride is one of those bigger-than-life artists that just burst onto the music scene seemingly in full bloom. His father and great uncle, both well-known Philadelphia bassists, mentored him early. Half of a lifetime ago, by his 21st birthday, he was a remarkably mature player and rapidly becoming everyone's favorite young acoustic bassist of the 1990s. Christian’s huge sound and prodigious technique, both with plucked and bowed solos, recall the legendary Ray Brown and particularly Paul Chambers. He actually started on electric bass when he was eight and took R&B gigs in high school, but by then he was getting more interested in jazz and playing the acoustic bass.
Now with five Grammy Awards, Christian McBride is the most recorded bassist of his generation with the biggest and most engaging personality. Christian makes his third appearance for South Florida JAZZ, this time with a brand new trio Tip City. The band features the rapidly rising piano star Emmet Cohen with strong South Florida roots and attended the University of Miami - twice; and veteran jazz guitarist Mark Whitfield, who has a long history of collaboration with McBride. He is an established and versatile star.
Christian has proven the capacity to fit his playing superbly to the music, whatever the genre or situation. On his own dates, audiences can always expect something fresh, entertaining and compelling.
Christian McBride – bass
Emmet Cohen - piano
Mark Whitfield - guitar
Funding for South Florida JAZZ is provided in part by grant from the Broward County