Jawn [jän]: noun. A slang terminology from Philadelphia. All-purpose term for a person, place or thing.
Sure, Christian McBride could have called his new ensemble the Christian McBride Quartet or the Christian McBride Group, or any number of other, somewhat more straitlaced variations on that basic theme. But this new chordless quartet - with trumpeter Josh Evans, saxophonist Marcus Strickland, and drummer Nasheet Waits - arrives with a bit too much grit under its fingernails to warrant a name quite that buttoned up!
If there's one thing the acclaimed bassist knows, it's that when it comes to grit there's no better resource to draw from than his own hometown, Philadelphia. So, McBride turned to one of the city's most beloved colloquialisms to launch his latest project, Christian McBride's New Jawn. The release is available now via Brother Mister Productions, McBride's own newly launched imprint of his longtime record company, Mack Avenue Music Group
Call something a "jawn" in Philly, and everyone will know that whatever you're talking about has a certain hip cachet, a heavy dose of soul, and a generous helping of what in the City of Brotherly Love is known as "atty-tood." Christian McBride's New Jawn has all of that and more!