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Christian McBride Wins 5th Grammy


MONTCLAIR, NJ - Christian McBride has done it again. McBride was awarded a 5th Grammy during the 58th Annual Grammy Awards, held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Monday. 

McBride won in the Best Improvised Jazz Solo category. His solo performance on the track from Live at the Village Vanguard, where he performed with the Chritian McBride Trio, won him this prestigous honor.

McBride, born in Philadelphia, now lives in Montclair. McBride got his start at an early age where he was greatly influenced by his father, Lee Smith, and great uncle, Howard Cooper, who are both well known Philadelphia bassists. After starting on bass guitar, McBride switched to double bass and has studied at the Juilliard School where he was known as a teen prodigy, having joined saxophonist Bobby Watson's group at age 17.

In addition to serving as Artictic Director of Jazz House Kids in Montclair, which was founded in 2002 by his wife and jazz singer Melissa Walker. McBride also serves as NJPAC’s Jazz Advisor and serves as artistic advisor of the James Moody Democracy of Jazz Festival.

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