The JMIH, launched last year, is currently raising funds for an exhibition space and presenting a twice-monthly interview series. The effort is chaired by Leonard Garment, the musician, writer, and former White House Counsel.
"It gives me great pleasure to announce Christian McBride's appointment," Garment said in a statement. "His energy and intelligence will help us realize our dream as it continues to morph into a reality."
McBride, one of the leading bassists of his generation, played with Roy Hargrove, Freddie Hubbard, Pat Matheny, and Ray Brown in the early 1990s before releasing Getting' To It, the first of six albums as a leader.
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