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Thumpin’ and strummin’ with Christian McBride

Grammy winner to perform Feb. 2 at Holly Theater

POSTED: January 26, 2012 12:30 a.m.
/For The Times

Grammy award-winning jazz artist Christian McBride will perform with his new acoustic jazz quintet, Inside Straight, Feb. 2 at the Holly Theater in Dahlonega.

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North Georgia College & State University in Dahlonega has teamed up with the Holly Theater to bring an unforgettable night of jazz to the region.

The performance is scheduled for 8 p.m. Feb. 2. Grammy award-winning jazz artist Christian McBride will perform with his new acoustic jazz quintet, Inside Straight.

The quintet includes pianist Eric Reed, alto saxophonist Steve Wilson and drummer Carl Allen, as well as newcomer vibraphonist Warren Wolf, one of McBride's former students.

McBride and company will perform from his new album "Kind of Brown," a 10-track album that features the sounds of the recently added quintet.

A bassist extraordinaire, composer and educator, McBride has been a key figure in the jazz scene for 20 years and has worked with some of the biggest names in jazz such as Freddie Hubbard, Sonny Rollins and J.J. Johnson.

Not being limited to jazz, McBride has played with and arranged for Isaac Hayes, Chaka Khan, Natalie Cole, Queen Latifah and the "Godfather of Soul," James Brown.

Named "Hot Jazz Artist" of 1992 by Rolling Stone magazine, McBride won Grammy Awards in 2006 and 2009 in the best jazz instrumental album, individual or group category.

McBride has appeared on more than 250 albums, including five of his own releases, and has been hailed as "perhaps the most exciting jazz bass player since Ray Brown," in All About Jazz magazine.

For more information on McBride, including a full biography and discography, visit the artist's website at www.christianmcbride.com.

Tickets are $27.50 for adults and $5 for NGCSU students with ID. The first 100 North Georgia students with ID will get in free of charge.

For more information on the performance and to purchase tickets, visit The Holly Theater online.



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