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Say It Loud: I’m Black and I’m Proud at 50

October 20 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Say It Loud:
I'm Black and I'm Proud at 50!

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Saturday, October 20 / 8pm

Apollo Presents

Say It Loud: I'm Black and I'm Proud at 50!

Musical Director: Christian McBride
All Star Band:

Fred Wesley, Pee Wee Ellis, Frank Greene, Lee Hogans, Steve Wilson, Rodney Jones, Eric Krasno, Robert “Mousey” Thompson, Nikki Glaspie, Gabu Lugo, Janice Pendarvis

Special Guests: Raheem DeVaughn, Lee Fields, Lisa Fischer, Nona Hendryx & Avery Sunshine
Host: Al Sharpton


When “Soul Brother Number One” James Brown released “Say It Loud: I’m Black and  I’m Proud” in the summer of 1968, it became the theme song for an entire movement.  The song and its message were so strong, it sent waves through black American culture.  Not surprisingly, many other soul and R&B artists took notice and were coming up with  their own black pride songs. This concert celebrates not only James Brown, but also the  Black Pride music he inspired among other African-American artists starting in the summer of 1968, including The Temptations, Sly and the Family Stone, Nina Simone and more.


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Christian McBride

Christian McBride is a six-time GRAMMY® Award-winning bassist/composer who, since the early ‘90s, has recorded over 300 dates as a sideman and released albums as a leader since ’95.

Aside from various stints with Sting, Chick Corea, Pat Metheny, Roy Haynes, John McLaughlin, and George Duke, among others, McBride has been artist-in-residence and artistic director with organizations such as Jazz Aspen, Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Jazz Museum in Harlem, Jazz House Kids, and NJPAC (New Jersey Performing Arts Center - Newark).

McBride tours consistently with his bands New Jawn and Tip City. He also fronts the Christian McBride Big Band, whose Mack Avenue Records recording, Bringin’ It, won the GRAMMY® Award for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album in 2017—his sixth win overall.

In addition, McBride hosts a show on Sirius/XM and DJs at clubs as DJ Brother Mister. McBride was recently named host of “Jazz Night in America,” a new program from NPR Music and WBGO that showcases today’s thriving jazz scene. While he continues his role as Artistic Director for the Montclair Jazz Festival, 2017 also marked his first year in the same role for the critically acclaimed Newport Jazz Festival.



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October 20
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Apollo Mainstage
New York, NY 10027 United States