NPR’s ‘Jazz Night in America’ Coming to Miami this February
January 17, 2018
In anticipation for the second-annual GroundUP Music Festival, we’ve been proving that Miami’s jazz and live music scene is as world-class as the cultures found within its streets. The music festival bridges genres and artists from around the world for once-in-a-lifetime performances on The North Beach Bandshell stage. Aside from GRAMMY-winning artists and undercover production giants, from February 9th – 11th, the festival will capture one more first-time moment for Miami.
Jazz Night in America with Christian McBride is coming. The nationally syndicated NPR show will be on-site at the GroundUP Music Festival all weekend long. Thanks to them, festival performances will be recorded for future airings on the show in 2018. With a national cult following, the show’s presence will fix the festival’s position as a premiere moment for music–in stone.
Bassist master, educator, arranger and everything in between, Christian McBride is, in all honesty, a beast. He is the encapsulation of his instrument. Powerful, rhythmic, loose, and necessary. Whether you’re a fanatic or quelling a budding interest, McBride’s voice is essential in preserving the genre. His show features live performances, interviews, in-depth discussions, and historical breakdowns that help you tune into a pivotal moment in our country’s musical makeup.
The five-time GRAMMY Award winner has worked with artists from Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock, to The Roots and James Brown himself. He’s beloved by many, and it’s no surprise. His baritone voice is as welcoming as they come. With him comes the knowledge of a piece of our history, not just of a genre. With him also comes an engaged audience trusting his opinions as gold. The very fact that Jazz Night in America will be here for the festival is proof that our city is climbing the cultural ladder we all want it to.