Christopher McBride (saxophone instructor, counselor) is a graduate of NIU, where he majored in jazz studies. He started his musical career with Suzuki lessons at the age of 4; by age 7, he was one of the youngest members of his church choir. The turning point of his musical journey was when he discovered the saxophone at age 10. The son of a Honduran father and an American mother, his household was filled with the diverse musical sounds of gospel, jazz, hip-hop, reggae, soca, dancehall, world, and R&B. His most recent venture is his 2012 debut album Quatuor de Force, which established his ability to front a group and write his own soulful, melodically indelible tunes. Lauded for his ability to play in all musical situations, McBride can unleash a fiery attack and serrated tone, but on this recent album, he explores a more measured, mellow sound heavily influenced by contemporary R&B—with a strong shot of Cannonball Adderley’s post-bop sensuality–but his improvising is still rigorous and cogent. He is in great demand as a musician and clinician, and has performed and taught in the U.S. and around the world. Among the greats he has performed with are Billy Preston, Antonio Hart, John Clayton, Jimmy Heath, Bobby Broom, Percy Gray, Roy Hargrove, Talib Kweli, Lupe Fiasco, Guy Sebastian, Jennifer Hudson, 88 Keys and Milton Mustafa. He lives in Brooklyn, New York. Learn more at http://www.crmcbride.com/live/.