Christian McBride with Nelson George: The Movement Revisited

Mon. Feb 26, 2024 7:00pm - 8:00pm EST
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The Grammy-winning bassist and composer speaks on his work at the intersection of art and advocacy.


Last year Christian McBride reissued his landmark 1998 composition, The Movement Revisited: A Musical Portrait of Four Icons. The album is dedicated to Black history and the work of four key figures of the Civil Rights Movement: Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, Rosa Parks, and Muhammad Ali. McBride’s musical career has never turned its eye from advocacy and justice: from chairing a town hall on racism in the performing arts in 1997 with then-President Bill Clinton to running the Jazz House Kids community arts organization. At LIVE from NYPL he’ll speak with author and critic Nelson George about the power of art to impact critical issues and the responsibilities we have to build upon the legacies of generations past.


To join the event in person | Doors will open 45 minutes before the program begins. Purchase a drink from the NYPL bar and a snack from Amy's Bread while you mingle before the event! For LIVE from NYPL events, we generally overbook to ensure a full house. Please arrive early to avoid disappointment; we will do our best to accommodate everyone. Booked seats that have not been claimed will be released shortly before start time, and seats may become available then. A standby line will form 45 minutes before the program.


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ABOUT THE SPEAKERS


Christian McBride headshotChristian McBride is an eight-time Grammy-winning bassist, composer, and bandleader. He is the Artistic Director of the historic Newport Jazz Festival, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), the TD James Moody Jazz Festival, and the National Jazz Museum in Harlem. McBride is also a respected educator and advocate for youth, and serves as Artistic Director of Jazz House KiDS and the Jazz Aspen Snowmass Summer Sessions. In addition to artistic directing and consistent touring with his ensembles, he hosts NPR's Jazz Night in America and The Lowdown: Conversations With Christian on SiriusXM. Whether behind the bass or away from it, Christian McBride is always part of the music. From jazz to R&B, and pop/rock and hip-hop/neo-soul to classical, he is a luminary with one hand ever reaching for new heights, and the other extended in fellowship—and perhaps the hint of a challenge—inviting us to join him.


Nelson George headshotNelson George is an established author and filmmaker with a passion for telling stories of the black experience in America. George is the author of several ground breaking histories of African American music, including Where Did Our Love Go: the Rise and Fall of the Motown Sound, The Death of Rhythm & Blues and Hip Hop America. He has published two collections of music journalism, Buppies, BBoys, Baps & Bohos: Notes on Post-Soul America and The Nelson George Mixtape.


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ACCESSIBILITY


In-Person | Assistive listening devices and/or hearing loops are available at the venue. You can request a free ASL (American Sign Language) interpretation or CART (Communication Access Real-Time Translation) captioning service by emailing your request at least two weeks in advance of the event: email accessibility@nypl.org or use this Gmail template. This venue is fully accessible to wheelchairs. 


Livestream | Captions and a transcript will be provided. Media used over the course of the conversation will be accompanied by alt text and/or audio description. You can request a free ASL (American Sign Language) interpretation by emailing your request at least two weeks in advance of the event: email accessibility@nypl.org or use this Gmail template.


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Christian McBride © Ebru Yildiz
Courtesy Nelson George

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Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Celeste Bartos Forum 476 5th Ave
New York, NY 10018