The legendary American jazz bassist, composer and arranger began his career at the age of 17 and has gone on to perform and record with numerous distinguished colleagues, winning multiple Grammy Awards. This evening he is joined by MacArthur ‘Genius Grant’ recipient Rhiannon Giddens and multi-instrumentalist Francesco Turrisi, whose album They’re Calling Me Home won Best Folk Album at the 2022 Grammy Awards.
At the end of this evening’s performance, John Gilhooly will award Christian McBride, Wigmore Hall Associate Artist, with the Wigmore Medal. The Wigmore Medal was inaugurated in 2007 and recognises major international artists and significant figures in the classical music world who have a strong association with the Hall. Whether behind the bass or away from it, Christian McBride is always of the music. From jazz to R&B to pop/rock 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.