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January 15, 2015 at 11:47 AM

Jazz Connect & Winter Jazzfest – a New York state of mind | Festival review

Christian McBride keynote 1, Jazz Connect, NYC 1-15

“Lighten up,” said Christian McBride during his keynote address at the Jazz Connect conference in New York. (Jeff Tamarkin / JazzTimes)

When bassist Christian McBride, host of the new National Public Radio show “Jazz Night in America,” was 9, his father played him the musically challenging John Coltrane album “Live in Seattle,” recorded in 1965 at the Penthouse, a long-gone Pioneer Square jazz club.

“Did I like it?” McBride asked rhetorically during his keynote address at the Jazz Connect conference in New York last week. “No. But when I was 11, I went back to listen again. By the time I was 14, I was in.”

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