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Jazz for Curious Listeners
Christian McBride Hosts: My Musical Heroes
January 18, 2011

Christian’s Subject: James Brown, the Godfather of Soul

There is perhaps no bigger fan of James Brown than Christian McBride, who in September 2006 fulfilled his dream of performing together with the Godfather of Soul. This performance at The Hollywood Bowl, where McBride led a big band in renditions of songs from Brown’s jazz/soul recording, Soul on Top, will be one of the highlights of tonight’s session. And expect to hear a lot of musical examples that demonstrate why Christian once wrote: “For close to half a century, James Brown represented that rare type of artist whose music created an impenetrable force around the listener. When you listened to James Brown, you felt strong, bold, almost immortal.”

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