Actually that's Christian McBride one of the world's leading jazz double bass players.
He played my doublebass (The Gloria) briefly this afternoon.
Tell us more Richard (of RBB)!
Well Christian was playing with his quartet at the Opera House in Wellington this evening. Yesterday I got an excited call from my son, "Dad, Christian McBride is looking for a bass to use."
George had been in contact with the appropriate people, one of whom was my niece Eva, and it was agreed to assemble a few basses for Christian to choose from.
I think that George was really just looking for a way to meet the great man.
Four of us (I'm counting George and I as one) turned up with our basses and waited. I must admit that I wasn't keen to lend my bass, in case Christian wanted things altered on it, but you do these things for your son. Eventually the band arrived and Mr McBride turned out to be a charming man. He tried all four basses - they all sounded good to me. He said that he liked them all but...
"I'm gonna stick with the lady I went to the dance with."
It took us all a little while to work out what he meant.
He had a fold up travel double bass and he'd decided to stick with the bass he knew.
"A wise decision." I thought.
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The man sure can play (no surprise there) and we all had a great night of jazz. Though I must admit that the stuff his band played wasn't really my cup of tea. Before Christian's concert we had heard another great band featuring two American jazz guitar players. It's great to have a jazz festival like this in Wellington.