Since its debut at the 2012 Detroit Jazz Festival, the Mack Avenue SuperBand's all-star lineup has undergone four incarnations with the latest being helmed by jazz bassist Christian McBride. Fresh from recording his new album, Out There, with his Christian McBride Trio, the celebrated virtuoso will be bringing the supergroup to Chicago for the Symphony Center Presents (SCP) Jazz series on Friday, February 19, at 8 p.m.
In 2012, Mack Avenue Records sent a good portion of its artist roster to perform together (many for the first time) at the annual Labor Day weekend Detroit Jazz Festival. It went so well, they've been invited back for the fourth straight year. Last year, bassist Christian McBride took over for fellow bassist Rodney Whitaker as Musical Director. The results can be heard on the new in-concert jam, 'Live From The Detroit Jazz Festival 2015.'
What a great idea. More labels should host blow-outs like this of artists who lead their own bands yet play this annual jam. Oh to have been in the Motor City last year on Labor Day weekend at Hart Plaza when Detroit-based label Mack Avenue hosted its 'Live From The Detroit Jazz Festival 2014'.