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Live Music in Clubs and Bars in Downtown NYC This Week - July 14-July 21


Live Music in Clubs and Bars in Downtown NYC This Week Photo: Vladimir/Flickr 


Downtown NYC has long been a capital of live music. With venues like the Bowery Ballroom, Mercury Lounge, and Terra Blues, fans of rock, jazz, and more have long been drawn here. City Guide's roundup of live music in clubs and bars will connect you with tunes at dozens of great downtown venues.

Adam Ezra Group at The Loft - City Winery
July 14, 2019 - New York

Tickets will be $20 Day of Show It's difficult to impart the roots-steeped, road-trippin' essence of the Adam Ezra Group into a single word, but frontman Adam Ezra nonetheless keeps one in mind as something of a mantra: community. Community is epitomized by a belief that has long doubled as a mission statement for the group: namely, that making music together is itself a form of grassroots organizing, capable of nothing less than changing the world. For their most recent release, Hurricane Wind (2017), the AEG fanbase turned the full power of its collective hurricane wind outward, and shared the music for free with over 5000 people over the course of two weeks. Such a groundswell of activity wouldn't have been possible even a few years ago; "Hurricane Wind," to AEG, represents both a celebration and reaffirmation of how remarkably that community has grown. A tireless touring outfit, the Adam Ezra Group (AEG) is constantly on the road, often devoting their time to local charities and always going out of their way to connect with fans. They are creating a powerful, inclusive community around AEG shows that is beginning to be compared to a social-movement as much as a traditional ... (read more)

House of Waters - 55 Bar
July 14, 2019 - New York

Max ZT...Hammered Dulcimer Moto Fukushima...Six String Bass Ignacio Rivas Bixio...Drums

Jim Campilongo - 55 Bar
July 14, 2019 - New York

Jim Campilongo...Guitar Chris Morrissey...Bass Josh Dion...Drums

Heart Bones – In The Round - Le Poisson Rouge
July 14, 2019 - New York

18+ Heart Bones is a collaboration between Sean Tillmann (aka Har Mar Superstar) and Sabrina Ellis (A Giant Dog/ Sweet Spirit). The two became friends while touring together in 2016. They recognized a kindred quality of over-the-top showmanship, and their new project became inevitable. Throughout 2018 the duo have been alternating visits to each other's hometowns of Minneapolis and Austin to co-write original material. Inspired by their favorite classic duos such as Nancy Sinatra/ Lee Hazelwood, Serge Gainsbourg/ Jane Birkin, Sonny & Cher, and Sam & Dave, their influences have spanned everything from doo wop, classic duets, musical theater, electro dance, and melancholy pop.

Ron Carter Quartet - Blue Note
Through July 14, 2019 - New York

Ron Carter - Bass Renee Rosnes - piano Jimmy Greene - Saxophone Payton Crossley - Drums

Juwan Crawley at The Loft - City Winery
July 15, 2019 - New York

Tickets will be $25 Day of Show Juwan Crawley is a singer, actor and writer who hails from Connecticut. In 2016, he moved to New York City to pursue his career as an artist. Born in 1994, this double Scorpio with a Gemini Moon grew up in a religious family; and the Gospel Churches he attended had a huge influence on his life. It also had a great impact on his music. His cool Aunts and Godmother introduced him to Old School R&B and Jazz as well as poetry. At the age of 9, Juwan sang on his grandmother's gospel album which prompted his mother to provide him with voice lessons; exposing him to the world of classical music and musical theater. Realizing at an early age that he was gay, growing up in a religious environment was never easy; but it proved to be the soil in which his soul would blossom. As a black man living in pre-Obama and post-Obama America, Juwan has been presented with a host of realities, both amazing and horrifying. It is here, in the joy and the pain of self-discovery, where his music began. Now finding his muses, they bring him inspiration. Still in his early twenties, Juwan has already appeared on Broadway and Off in starring roles and he has co-starred on the N... (read more)

Calliope Musicals at Pianos - Pianos
July 15, 2019 - New York

Austin, Texas's psychedelic glam-pop band Calliope Musicals takes NYC upon the release of their brand new LP, “Color/Sweat” via Rhyme & Reason Records. Calliope Musicals has made a name for themselves in Austin and beyond with their incredible live show, colorful and eccentric antics advocating for misfits, oddballs and outlaws from all walks of life. Since their inception, they have aimed to give the middle finger to the music scene’s cult of masculinity by way of flourishing a far wider spectrum of human color. Join Calliope Musicals in Manhattan on Saturday, July 15 at Pianos (158 Ludlow Street, Ground Floor, New York, NY, 10002). Doors are at 7 p.m. and tickets can be purchased for $8.00 at https://www.pianosnyc.com/e/liana-gabel-calliope-musicals-eda-koyagasioglu-63497729418/

Guitar Masters Series: Greg Skaff - Zinc Bar
July 15, 2019 - New York

Greg Skaff plumbs the depths of creative artistry and honest emotion in his guitar playing, showing himself to be among the leading proponents of jazz music anywhere. No exaggeration. The native Kansan, whose first professional job was a five-year stay in the band of saxophone giant Stanley Turrentine, has flourished as a first-call sideman in New York City since the 1980s. He brings his trio to Zinc on Monday, July 15 for an evening of standards and original music. He's supported by bassist Matt Dwonszyk, and drummer Jonathan Barber. He's played gigs and/or recorded with past masters Ruth Brown, Freddie Hubbard, and David "Fathead" Newman as well as notables Ron Carter, Ben Allison, Bruce Barth, Pat Bianchi, George Colligan, Orin Evans, Joe Farnsworth, David Hazeltine, Mike LeDonne, Victor Lewis, Gloria Lynne, Ralph Peterson, Jr., Jim Rotondi, E. J. Strickland, Bobby Watson, Matt Wilson, and others.

Liana Gabel, Calliope Musicals, Eda Koyagasioglu - Pianos
July 15, 2019 - New York

Ages 21+ Liana Gabel, Calliope Musicals, Eda Koyagasioglu

James Carter - Blue Note
July 16, 2019 - New York

"You have to be totally comfortable wherever," Carter says. "I feel that music equals life, that's the way my teacher always taught me. You just can't go through life and experience it fully with a set of blinders on. I think there's tremendous beauty in a cross-pollination of music and influences." In many ways, weaving together divergent impulses is at the heart of Carter's music. Like the late tenor sax titan Ben Webster, he's given to furious, high-velocity solos, but is just as likely to wax sentimental, using his big, bruising tone to tenderly caress a comely melody. In 2000, he released two albums simultaneously that amounted to an anti-manifesto, a proclamation that everything is fair game.

MajorStage Presents: Bianca Iman - DROM
July 16, 2019 - New York

Come out to DROM to catch Bianca Iman + more presented by MajorStage on July 16th! 21+ w/ valid ID to attend.

Drown Your Boots at The Loft - City Winery
July 16, 2019 - New York

Tickets will be $15 Day of Show Fresh of their full-length debut, Hello Below, Drown Your Boots has taken their energetic fusion of rock, folk, and Americana to some of the best music clubs across the country. They have headlined and packed out venues around the country, from Union Hall and Mercury Lounge in New York City, to Timewarp Records and Brick & Mortar Music Hall in California. This trio of Brooklyn transplants have a unique style that combines self-reflective songwriting with spirited improvisation and musical virtuosity.

Ricky James, Broanne, Scott Rocco - Pianos
July 16, 2019 - New York

Ages 21+ Ricky James, Broanne, Scott Rocco

James Carter - Blue Note
July 17, 2019 - New York

"You have to be totally comfortable wherever," Carter says. "I feel that music equals life, that's the way my teacher always taught me. You just can't go through life and experience it fully with a set of blinders on. I think there's tremendous beauty in a cross-pollination of music and influences." In many ways, weaving together divergent impulses is at the heart of Carter's music. Like the late tenor sax titan Ben Webster, he's given to furious, high-velocity solos, but is just as likely to wax sentimental, using his big, bruising tone to tenderly caress a comely melody. In 2000, he released two albums simultaneously that amounted to an anti-manifesto, a proclamation that everything is fair game.

Major Stage presents Latin/Urban Live - DROM
July 17, 2019 - New York

Major Stage presents Latin/Urban Live

Musicgorilla Summer Label Showcase - Pianos
July 17, 2019 - New York

Ages 21+ Musicgorilla Summer Label Showcase

James Carter - Blue Note
Through July 17, 2019 - New York

You have to be totally comfortable wherever," Carter says. "I feel that music equals life, that's the way my teacher always taught me. You just can't go through life and experience it fully with a set of blinders on. I think there's tremendous beauty in cross-pollinations of music and influences." In many ways, weaving together divergent impulses is at the heart of Carter's music. Like the late tenor sax titan Ben Webster, he's given to furious, high-velocity solos, but is just as likely to wax sentimental, using his big, bruising tone to tenderly caress a comely melody. In 2000, he released two albums simultaneously that amounted to an anti-manifesto, a proclamation that everything is fair game. On Chasin' the Gypsy, a voluptuous, lyrical session partly inspired by the timeless collaboration between Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli, he assembled a thrilling group with violinist Regina Carter and Brazilian guitarist Romero Lubambo, for a project born out of some sound check jamming with Lubambo and Brazilian percussionist Cyro Baptista during a tour with Kathleen Battle. The groove-laden Layin' in the Cut, featuring James Blood Ulmer's former rhythm section with electric... (read more)

Life Cycles: Blade, Boccato, Cowherd, Croft, Hart, Walden & Weiss - Blue Note
July 18, 2019 - New York

Writing in The New York Times (4.23.2015), Nate Chinen called Brian Blade "one of the most unaffect­edly charis­matic musicians in jazz." We couldn't agree more, and now the Jazz Standard is proud to present this gifted drummer's latest project, Life Cycles. Along with such longtime members of the Brian Blade Fellowship as pianist Jon Cowherd and saxophonist Myron Walden, the new aggregation includes vocalist/vibraphonist Monte Croft; he first recorded as a leader circa 1989 (two albums on Columbia) and went on to work with the groups of Branford Marsalis and James Spaulding, in addition to his own out­fits. As for Shreveport, Louisiana native Brian Blade, from 1988 through 1993 he studied and played with many of the New Orleans masters, including Ellis Marsalis, Steve Masakowski, Germaine Bazzle, and Alvin "Red" Tyler. A member of the Wayne Shorter Quartet since 2000, Brian Blade also has worked with Joni Mitchell, Marianne Faithfull, Emmylou Harris, Herbie Hancock, and Bob Dylan. "[His] rich tapestry of cymbal variations, swelling snare–rolls and asymmetrical accents, cou­pled with an unfaltering heartbeat of a pulse, marks out an unusually emotional drummer."

CEG presents The Funky Knuckles with Adam Ahuja - DROM
July 18, 2019 - New York

The Funky Knuckles is a world-class jazz orchestra made up of genetically enhanced cybernetic super men. They have played at the finest venues around the world delivering mind blowing rhythms and harmonic complexity that will shatter your fragile psyche and leave you drowning in a pool of fresh llama milk. The band members are as brilliant as they are handsome and they have performed with people such as the legendary Phill Aelony. This unstoppable crime-fighting squadron will make you dance like a kraken on meth before you burst into tears of joy which can be combined with powder from a ground up cobra skull to synthesize the elixir you need to pass through solid objects. Adam Ahuja is an NYC-based keyboardist and multi-instrumentalist who melds jazz, rock, funk, soul and electronic music into a fluid style. Adam performs and loops multiple instruments live on the spot: keyboards & key-bass, singing & rhyming, and beatboxing & drums pads. Ahuja's show can involve live participation loop recording audience members on stage.

Atlas the Plug Presents: ShowFace Showcase! - DROM
July 18, 2019 - New York

Atlas the Plug Presents "ShowFace Showcase" at DROM for two dates July 18th and August 15th! Get your tickets and book your performance slot before it is too late! BlapChat Co-Host and Content Curator Atlas the Plug is back again to give a platform for you as an artist to share your talents live in front of an audience and industry professionals that are hungry to find the next big thing! If you have a talent, then ShowFace and book a time slot below! Must be 21+ to enter and perform. Participants MUST purchase a performance slot Once you purchase a slot ALL sales are final. No refunds. Bring music on a USB or device to plug up via AUX (have a backup in case.) Upon arriving Check in the DJ with your Flash Drive ASAP. This will lock in your performance time slot. Slots are first come first serve.

Upstate w/ The Chordaes & Handsome Hound at The Loft - City Winery
July 18, 2019 - New York

Tickets will be $20 Day of Show For Upstate, the last few years have been a time of profound exploration and self-discovery. As the band knocked off milestone after milestone on the road, their sound, their lineup, and even their name all underwent dramatic metamorphoses. Challenging and thrilling all at once, those changes have finally culminated in the band's dazzling new album, a collection that showcases both their remarkable growth and their adventurous blend of folk, R&B, jazz, gospel, and rock and roll. Recorded primarily over six days at the Clubhouse studio in Rhinebeck, NY, 'Healing' is Upstate's first release with new member Allison Olender, their first with four contributing songwriters, and their first since shortening their name from Upstate Rubdown. It's also their first project to be produced by Wood Brothers percussionist Jano Rix, who helped the group embrace their transformation and lean in to their unique lineup without sacrificing any of the gorgeous harmonies, eclectic arrangements, and unforgettable performances that have defined the band since their earliest days. Upstate first emerged from New York's Hudson Valley in 2015 with their critically acclaimed ... (read more)

Y La Bamba - Le Poisson Rouge
July 18, 2019 - New York

18+ Y La Bamba has been many things, but at the heart of it is singer-songwriter Luz Elena Mendoza's inquisitive sense of self. Their fifth record, Mujeres, carries on the Portland-based band's affinity for spiritual contemplation, but goes a step further in telling a story with a full emotional spectrum. Coming off Ojos Del Sol, one of NPR's Top 50 Albums of 2016, Mujeres exhibits the scope of Mendoza's artistic voice like never before. "Soy como soy," Mendoza says, and that declaration is the bold— even political— statement that positions Mujeres to be Y La Bamba's most unbridled offering yet.

Balloon Animal, Trochee Trochee, Love Ways, M. Langlois, Cousines like Shit - Pianos
July 18, 2019 - New York

Ages 21+ Balloon Animal, Trochee Trochee, Love Ways, M. Langlois, Cousines like Shit

Trochee Trochee the Love Ways Matt Langlois Cousines like Shit - Pianos
July 18, 2019 - New York

This event is 21 and over The Love Ways are a rock band from Brooklyn, NY by way of Goshen, NY. Each member grew up on a different diet of early-2000's alt-rock and they meet somewhere in the middle. "None of us are in the band we want to be in" is a joke frequently voiced in band meetings, and is exactly what makes them the band they are.

Life Cycles: Blade, Boccato, Cowherd, Croft, Hart, Walden & Weiss - Blue Note
July 19, 2019 - New York

Writing in The New York Times (4.23.2015), Nate Chinen called Brian Blade "one of the most unaffect­edly charis­matic musicians in jazz." We couldn't agree more, and now the Jazz Standard is proud to present this gifted drummer's latest project, Life Cycles. Along with such longtime members of the Brian Blade Fellowship as pianist Jon Cowherd and saxophonist Myron Walden, the new aggregation includes vocalist/vibraphonist Monte Croft; he first recorded as a leader circa 1989 (two albums on Columbia) and went on to work with the groups of Branford Marsalis and James Spaulding, in addition to his own out­fits. As for Shreveport, Louisiana native Brian Blade, from 1988 through 1993 he studied and played with many of the New Orleans masters, including Ellis Marsalis, Steve Masakowski, Germaine Bazzle, and Alvin "Red" Tyler. A member of the Wayne Shorter Quartet since 2000, Brian Blade also has worked with Joni Mitchell, Marianne Faithfull, Emmylou Harris, Herbie Hancock, and Bob Dylan. "[His] rich tapestry of cymbal variations, swelling snare–rolls and asymmetrical accents, cou­pled with an unfaltering heartbeat of a pulse, marks out an unusually emotional drummer."

New York School of Burleque Student Showcase - DROM
July 19, 2019 - New York

See the freshest burlesque in the city! New York School of Burlesque Headmistress Jo Weldon, author of The Burlesque Handbook, will introduce new acts by students who are preparing to take the burlesque world by storm. These debut performers have created routines based on their own ideas, choosing their own music, designing their own costumes, and mapping out their own choreography. Come be part of their adventure! Performances by: Fauna LeFleur Filthy Mari Chino Kalon Wilde Hannibal Bliss Lady Cy Purrple SuMeow Toni ShaBoob VaVa Valentina Velvet Delorean And a Group Number by The Flirts! Hosted by Headmistress Jo Weldon, Author of The Burlesque Handbook

Hot Rabbit LGBTQ Dance Party - DROM
July 19, 2019 - New York

HOT RABBIT is a queer dance party started in 2011 that features LGBTQ performers and DJs from NYC and around the world. Winner of many NYC Nightlife awards, Hot Rabbit has been named "Best in Gay Nightlife" by the New York Times, Gothamist, HuffPo, NY Magazine, TimeOut, NBC Out, and more! With new DJs and performers at every event, and a variety of high-energy, positive, dance, music and performance styles, you'll never find the same lineup twice! Working to make sure everyone can walk in and feel like they belong, Hot Rabbit represents all parts of the LGBTQ community. Hot Rabbit Fridays will take place two Fridays a month at DROM!

Grumby DJ Set (11 PM Free) Saddlemen the Red Herrings Rev Rev - Pianos
July 19, 2019 - New York

This event is 21 and over Saddlemen is a Brooklyn Trio formed in 2018 by Skitch, Paul and Mando Saddlemen.

Life Cycles: Blade, Boccato, Cowherd, Croft, Hart, Walden & Weiss - Blue Note
July 20, 2019 - New York

Writing in The New York Times (4.23.2015), Nate Chinen called Brian Blade "one of the most unaffect­edly charis­matic musicians in jazz." We couldn't agree more, and now the Jazz Standard is proud to present this gifted drummer's latest project, Life Cycles. Along with such longtime members of the Brian Blade Fellowship as pianist Jon Cowherd and saxophonist Myron Walden, the new aggregation includes vocalist/vibraphonist Monte Croft; he first recorded as a leader circa 1989 (two albums on Columbia) and went on to work with the groups of Branford Marsalis and James Spaulding, in addition to his own out­fits. As for Shreveport, Louisiana native Brian Blade, from 1988 through 1993 he studied and played with many of the New Orleans masters, including Ellis Marsalis, Steve Masakowski, Germaine Bazzle, and Alvin "Red" Tyler. A member of the Wayne Shorter Quartet since 2000, Brian Blade also has worked with Joni Mitchell, Marianne Faithfull, Emmylou Harris, Herbie Hancock, and Bob Dylan. "[His] rich tapestry of cymbal variations, swelling snare–rolls and asymmetrical accents, cou­pled with an unfaltering heartbeat of a pulse, marks out an unusually emotional drummer."

Colombian Independence Day with Grupo Rebolu & Astoria Salsa Company - DROM
July 20, 2019 - New York

With some of the finest Colombian musicians in the United States, Grupo Rebolu with founders Ronald, Morris, and Johanna join their talents to lead and ensemble rich of musical traditions of their ancestors; the afro-descendants of Colombia's Caribbean coast. With the strong mesmerizing beats, of urban modern Caribbean sounds, this music goes into your system like a dose of pure contagious energy!

Qotn: Jennifair, Dutch Rebelle, Lionajae, Shenna, Lizzy Ashleigh, Djmcrose - Pianos
July 20, 2019 - New York

Ages 21+ Qotn: Jennifair, Dutch Rebelle, Lionajae, Shenna, Lizzy Ashleigh, Djmcrose

The Mooney Suzuki - Mercury Lounge
July 20, 2019 - New York

Early Show - 25 Years of Mercury Lounge 21+ Second show added due to overwhelming demand! The Mooney Suzuki with The Realistics Tickets on sale Fri, 5/10 at 12pm EST

Myron Walden - Blue Note
Through July 20, 2019 - New York

Myron Walden is a gifted multi-instrumentalist, lauded for the rich earnestness of his sound and clarity of tone and his distinctly impassioned stage presence. Myron, who first specialized on the alto saxophone and the rarely heard bass clarinet, has added the tenor saxophone to his musical arsenal. He is a leader of an expanding number of musical projects, reflecting the varied aspects of a growing musical identity. He is an in-demand sideman, a founding member of Brian Blade's Fellowship Band and a regular band member of the ensembles of such jazz legends as the late Ray Barretto and Freddie Hubbard. He is a prodigious composer working in a wide variety of styles and moods (his oft-recorded "Like a Flower Seeking the Sun" is but one example of an inventive spirit whose melodies have been recorded by the likes of Ravi Coltrane, Antoine Roney, Winard Harper, Vincent Herring, Carl Allen and Ray Barretto.) Yet if one aspect of Walden's kaleidoscopic musical identity could define him, it would be a driving, restless spirit – one that drives him to widen his experience, to dig deeper into himself, to challenge himself to find that certain truth that lies at the heart of any musical e... (read more)

Grumby DJ Set (11pm Free), Saddlemen, the Red Herrings, Rev Rev, Holly - Pianos
Through July 20, 2019 - New York

Grumby DJ Set (11pm Free), Saddlemen, the Red Herrings, Rev Rev, Holly

Life Cycles: Blade, Boccato, Cowherd, Croft, Hart, Walden & Weiss - Blue Note
July 21, 2019 - New York

Writing in The New York Times (4.23.2015), Nate Chinen called Brian Blade "one of the most unaffect­edly charis­matic musicians in jazz." We couldn't agree more, and now the Jazz Standard is proud to present this gifted drummer's latest project, Life Cycles. Along with such longtime members of the Brian Blade Fellowship as pianist Jon Cowherd and saxophonist Myron Walden, the new aggregation includes vocalist/vibraphonist Monte Croft; he first recorded as a leader circa 1989 (two albums on Columbia) and went on to work with the groups of Branford Marsalis and James Spaulding, in addition to his own out­fits. As for Shreveport, Louisiana native Brian Blade, from 1988 through 1993 he studied and played with many of the New Orleans masters, including Ellis Marsalis, Steve Masakowski, Germaine Bazzle, and Alvin "Red" Tyler. A member of the Wayne Shorter Quartet since 2000, Brian Blade also has worked with Joni Mitchell, Marianne Faithfull, Emmylou Harris, Herbie Hancock, and Bob Dylan. "[His] rich tapestry of cymbal variations, swelling snare–rolls and asymmetrical accents, cou­pled with an unfaltering heartbeat of a pulse, marks out an unusually emotional drummer."

Moony Matelot, Holy Vulture, Bates, Xondra - Pianos
July 21, 2019 - New York

Ages 21+ Moony Matelot, Holy Vulture, Bates, Xondra

I Love Colombia Yacht Cruise Party Around New York City - Le Poisson Rouge
Through July 21, 2019 - New York

3 bars for cocktails , beer & wine - 2 HUGE INDOOR DANCE FLOORS - 2 LEVELS OF MUSIC - FOOD AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE - YES! PARKING IS AVAILABLE AT THE PIER! - Bottle service availible Event Information: Boards: 9:00 PM Departs: 10:30pm Returns: 2:00 AM Rain or Shine 21 & over with proper ID

Life Cycles: Blade, Boccato, Cowherd, Croft, Hart, Walden & Weiss - Blue Note
Through July 21, 2019 - New York

LIFE CYCLES: Blade, Boccato, Cowherd, Croft, Hart, Walden & Weiss FEATURING: Brian Blade - Drums Rogerio Boccato - Percussion Jon Cowherd - Piano Monte Croft - Vocals / Vibraphone John Hart - Guitar Myron Walden - Woodwinds Doug Weiss - Bass Writing in The New York Times (4.23.2015), Nate Chinen called Brian Blade "one of the most unaffect­edly charis­matic musicians in jazz." We couldn't agree more, and now Jazz Standard is proud to present this gifted drummer's latest project, Life Cycles. Along with such longtime members of the Brian Blade Fellowship as pianist Jon Cowherd and saxophonist Myron Walden, the new aggregation includes vocalist/vibraphonist Monte Croft; he first recorded as a leader circa 1989 (two albums on Columbia) and went on to work with the groups of Branford Marsalis and James Spaulding, in addition to his own out­fits. As for Shreveport, Louisiana native Brian Blade, from 1988 through 1993 he studied and played with many of the New Orleans masters, including Ellis Marsalis, Steve Masakowski, Germaine Bazzle, and Alvin "Red" Tyler. A member of the Wayne Shorter Quartet since 2000, Brian Blade also has worked with Joni Mitchell, Marianne Faithful... (read more)

A Christian Mcbride Situation - Blue Note
Through July 22, 2019 - New York

Six-time GRAMMY®-winning jazz bassist Christian McBride can be likened to a force of nature, fusing the fire and fury of a virtuoso with the depth and grounding of a seasoned journeyman. Powered by a relentless energy and a boundless love of swing, McBride's path has described a continuous positive arc since his arrival on the scene. With a career now blazing into its third decade, the Philadelphia native has become one of the most requested, most recorded, and most respected figures in the music world today. Raised in a city steeped in soul, McBride moved to New York in 1989 to pursue classical studies at the Juilliard School. There he was promptly recruited to the road by saxophonist Bobby Watson. Call it a change in curriculum: a decade's worth of study through hundreds of recording sessions and countless gigs with an ever-expanding circle of musicians. He was finding his voice, and others were learning to listen for it.


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