James McBride and The Good Lord Bird Band
Where: New York Public Library—Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
476 Fifth Ave.
917-275-6975 Price: $15-$25
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James McBride opens the spring 2014 season with an exploration of his latest work The Good Lord Bird, winner of the 2013 National Book Award for fiction, through words and music.
The evening will feature conversation with the author and musician, as well as performances by McBride and his quintet, whose mix of spirituals and jazz renditions of classic gospel songs are inspired by the abolitionist John Brown, a key figure in this novel. With Keith Robinson on guitar, Trevor Exter on bass, Show Tyme Brooks on drums, Adam Faulk on piano, McBride on saxophone and the whole band on vocals.
Tickets go on sale to the general public Monday, Nov. 25 at 10 a.m.
James McBride is an accomplished musician and author of the classic memoir The Color of Water, and the acclaimed novels Miracle at St. Anna, and Song Yet Sung. He has written for The Washington Post, People, The Boston Globe, Essence, Rolling Stone and The New York Times.
A graduate of New York City’s public schools and Oberlin College, he was awarded a master’s in journalism from New York’s Columbia University at 22. Aside from his literary endeavors, he has written songs for Anita Baker, Grover Washington Jr. and the television character Barney, among others.
McBride is the recipient of major awards for his work as a composer in musical theater. He has collaborated on films with the director Spike Lee, including Miracle at St. Anna and Red Hook Summer. McBride holds several honorary doctorates and is currently a Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University.Buy tickets/get more info now