Leading US jazz bassist Christian McBride is set to give the first performance of a new concerto written for him by composer and bandleader George Duke. McBride will perform the work with the 67-member Symphonic Jazz Orchestra in a free concert at UCLA's Royce Hall on 24 September.
Duke said: 'It is written for the full breadth of Christian's talents including upright, fretless and electric basses... The piece includes a standard jazz rhythm section along with a full orchestra. The challenge was to have complete interplay between the orchestra and the jazz trio and allow the bass to speak throughout its range as the dominant soloist and melodic proponent.'