Christian McBride began playing bass at the age of nine. He studied classical music first, and then became interested in jazz. In 1989, he moved to New York City to pursue his studies, but within weeks began playing gigs. Equally at home with electric and acoustic styles, he worked with jazzmen (Freddie Hubbard, Pat Metheny, Ray Brown, Chick Corea...), pop artists (Sting, Carly Simon...) and neo-soul musicians (The Roots, D'Angelo...). His first disc as a leader, Gettin' to It, was released in 1994. Six years later, he put together the Christian McBride Band and recorded, notably, Vertical Vision. In 2009, with the collaboration of his new quintet, Inside Straight, he conceived Kind of Brown. A big band album, The Good Feeling, came out in 2011. Two years later, he released the albums People Music and Out Here. With pianist Christian Sands and drummer Ulysses Owens Jr., he released Live at the Village Vanguard the following year.