Bassist extraordinaire, composer, and educator, Christian McBride has been one of the most important and omnipresent figures in the jazz world for 20 years. He has played with and arranged for Isaac Hayes, Chaka Khan, Natalie Cole, and the one and only Godfather of Soul himself, James Brown. Named “Hot Jazz Artist” of 1992 by Rolling Stone, McBride won Grammy Awards in 2006 and 2009 in the best jazz instrumental album, individual or group category. Christian 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,” (All About Jazz). Christian is joined by saxophonist Steve Wilson, vibraphonist Warren Wolf, pianist Christian Sands, and drummer Ulysses Owens to form the jazz quintet, Christian McBride & Inside Straight.