Posted on 5/1/2008at 5:07 AM
What a tremendously busy year 2008 is turning out to be for Christian McBride. As if the impressive honor of being the Monterey Jazz Festival's Artist-In-Residence for 2008 wasn't enough, he can now add the Detroit International Jazz Festival to his prodigious list of directorships for this year.

McBride will have lots of time to reflect on the kinship between Detroit and Philadelphia at the 29th annual Detroit International Jazz Festival. The festival, featuring musicians from both cities under the banner of "A LOVE SUPREME: THE PHILLY/DETROIT SUMMIT," takes place Aug. 29-Sept. 1 in downtown Detroit. Held on six stages and featuring more than 100 national, local and student acts, the event is the largest free jazz festival in North America.

McBride, a leading musician of his generation, will perform three times -- with his quartet, with a special trio including Philadelphia organist Joey DeFrancesco and Detroit drummer Karriem Riggins, and at the helm of an opening night tribute to Marvin Gaye featuring singers Lalah Hathaway, Rahsaan Patterson and Jose James.

For McBride, his role at the festival brings him full circle to one of his first road experiences, though he expects a better result this time around. He was 18 when he came to Detroit to play with trumpeter Freddie Hubbard at the Hotel Pontchartrain in 1990. When Hubbard failed to show for the gig, the crowd turned on the others in the band.

"Now that really reminded me of Philly," he said, laughing.

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