McBride will succeed vocalist Dianne Reeves, who has held the post since its creation in 2002.
During his two-year tenure, which will start with the 2006 summer season, McBride will oversee jazz programming at Walt Disney Hall and at the Hollywood Bowl, the Philharmonic's summer home.
"It is quite a coup to have such a highly-regarded jazz musician of the caliber of Christian McBride to follow Dianne Reeves as our next creative chair for jazz," says Deborah Borda, president of the Philharmonic. "We are thrilled to welcome him to our organization."
McBride launched his career in 1989 at age 17, when he joined saxophonist Bobby Watson's group. After stints with Ray Brown, Pat Metheny, Roy Hargrove, and others, he released Gettin' To It, the first of six albums as a leader. Earlier this year, he was appointed co-director of the nascent Jazz Museum in Harlem.
"Being fortunate enough to work with numerous artists across many genres, this will be an opportunity to bring to fruition many ideas I've had for a very long time, and I'm humbled that the L.A. Phil considers me worthy of the job," he said.
The Philharmonic's 2005-06 season, Reeves' final season as creative chair, includes performances by guitarist Pat Metheny, Wayne Shorter, the Maria Schneider Orchestra, and Wynton Marsalis.