‘Singer Meets Saxophonist’ is the brainchild of saxophonist Christopher McBride, in which some of the top vocalists and musicians in New York collaborate for fantastic evenings of music. When Christopher arrived in New York in 2013, he wanted to work with more vocalists, create a rapport as well as learn more singer repertoire. In 2014, the monthly series was started at Therapy Wine Bar in Brooklyn. In the 18 months that followed, Christopher got the chance to work with vocalists such as PHER, Emily Braden, Milton Suggs, Charles Turner, Melanie Charles, Shenel Johns, Wayne Tucker, J Hoard, Antoinette Montague, and other well-known vocalists and instrumentalists who made a point to stop by. These musicians helped craft a vibe similar to a jam session, much to the delight of the audience.
When the Series moved to Harlem at Minton’s Playhouse in 2017, the weekly Sunday night series featured a vocalist hosted by CNOTE (Christopher McBride, Jonathan Edward Thomas, and Curtis Nowosad), an organ trio that has fantastic chemistry and played twice a week in the East Village for over a year.
From March of 2017 to August of 2019, Sunday nights at Minton‘s Playhouse turned into the place to hear great live music weekly. The New York Times described the house band (Organ Group CNOTENYC) as “part of a network of fabulous young musicians in New York”. The rapport and sincerity of all the musicians create inspiring works appreciated by musicians and patrons alike.
As the series shifts to the national stage, McBride is excited to bring ‘Singer Meets Saxophonist’ to his hometown of Chicago. The format stays the same: for this weekend professional musicians and vocalists are encouraged to stop by and sit in on the second set each night. Please join us for some exciting nights of music!
Dee Alexander – Vocals (Friday)
Meagan McNeal – Vocals (Saturday)
Christopher McBride – Saxophone
James Austin – Piano
Bob Deboo – Bass
Cedric Easton – Drums