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21 May 1972, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. McBride began taking bass lessons at the age of 11, and at 17 attended the Juilliard School of Music where he studied and played the classical repertoire. Soon after his arrival there, however, he began playing in clubs with Bobby Watsons band alongside fellow student Roy Hargrove. When Hargrove formed his own group McBride was on board, and during the same school year he also played with Benny Golson and Freddie Hubbard. With characteristic understatement, McBride remarked to Jazz Journal Internationals Derek Ansell, That was a hard year. In 1991 McBride met Ray Brown and two years later the veteran invited the newcomer to partner him at Pittsburghs Ray Brown Day.
Although very much attuned to contemporary happenings in jazz, McBride has expressed a particular delight in playing bop, while at the same time he retains a deep awareness of the traditions of...