Do you hear that sound? Music has the power to bring people together to share their sentiments and passions. It often helps ease stress and deal with hardship, if only for even a short while. Though all music can be powerful, specific genres can fluidly evoke emotions and sensations often vacant in a person’s daily life. One such genre is jazz, which has been a key piece in bringing listeners together for more than 100 years.

On this episode of One-on-One with Steve Adubato, show host Steve Adubato, PhD., went talked with jazz musician, Christian McBride, about his latest album, Bringin’ It. McBride also discussed the impact of the TD James Moody Jazz Festival at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.

This video was made possible thanks to TD Bank.

An American jazz bassist and five-time Grammy award winner, McBride was born in Philadelphia and developed his musical skills at a very young age. By his early 20s, he had already played with a slew of distinguished jazz musicians, including Freddie Hubbard, Benny Golson and Milt Jackson. Today, McBride continues to astonish crowds with his dynamic abilities and encourages others to follow their passion as well. He explained that many artists today are using their music to inspire the country during these turbulent times, and it is natural.

“I think everyone has a calling in life,” said McBride. “There is something that they are innately drawn to. It’s not work for them, because they love what they’re doing.

“I’ve always thought musicians have made the best world ambassadors,” he added, “because you can’t be upset at any point with music, because it very much brings to light what we share in common.”

McBride was just one of the major components of November’s TD James Moody Jazz Festival, so to learn more about him, the festival and the power of jazz, check out this segment of One-on-One with Steve Adubato.

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