The rhythms are steady-on and the arrangements are cut as precisely as puzzle pieces… It’s a masterful piece of work descended from the school of Gil Evans with its lush harmonies and arrangements. – Dave Luhrssen – Shepherd Express

Like fellow Canadian Darcy James Argue, saxophonist and composer Chelsea McBride uses the anachronistic medium of big band to paint a subversive picture of modern music and politics. On her third release featuring her ensemble Socialist Night School, McBride continues down the dystopian path set by her previous release The Twilight Fall, featuring a cavalcade of styles and influences, a steady guide in the smooth pipes of Alex Samaras, and a world wracked by revolution and con artists but perhaps preserved by love. – Nick Cusworth – Heavy Blog is Heavy

The composer has previously shown promise and talent embracing a classic big band sound and focusing it through a lens of the modern scene. But Aftermath is an entirely new high. There is a focus to its huge statements, wild inspirations, and bold leaps that wasn’t quite there before. The difference between now and, say, the solid 2017 release The Twilight Fall, is the way one piece snaps into place with the next; rather than the album feeling like a fascinating collection of pieces, there is a sense of grand vision—a guiding hand that steers events from the very first moment until the grand finale. This is one of the very best big band recordings of 2019. – Dave Sumner – Bandcamp Daily

The Jazz Hole, January 31, 2021


MFile Infinite Musician TV interview, July 30, 2020:

JAZZFM91 Best Jazz on Bandcamp, June 4, 2020:

Cadence Magazine, April 2020:

Bird Is The Worm Best of 2019, #57, January 21, 2020:

Best of 2019 #57: Chelsea McBride’s Socialist Night School – “Aftermath”

Jazz Weekly, January 16, 2020:

IS BERNIE SANDERS ON TENOR SAX? Chelsea McBride’s Socialist Night School: Aftermath

Jazz Today, January 9, 2020:

Jazz Today – Episode January 9, 2020

CKCU: Looking Back on a Bumper Crop of jazz recordings in 2019, January 2, 2020

Textura’s 2019 artist picks, December 31, 2019:

Peter Hum’s top Canadian jazz albums of 2019, December 24, 2019:

A long list of 2019's best Canadian jazz albums, plus even more honourable mentions

Tim Mah’s top Canadian jazz albums of 2019, December 23, 2019:

Animajazz broadcast, December 17, 2019:

ANIMAJAZZ n° 897 di Martedi 17 Dicembre

The Jazz Hole 2019 in review, December 16, 2019:

Year-In-Review (1 of 2)

textura’s Top 10s and 20s of 2019, December 9, 2019:

DJ Paul Corby’s 50 best albums of 2019, December 9, 2019:

Heavy Blog Is Heavy review of Aftermath, December 3, 2019:

Editors’ Picks – November 2019

The WholeNote review of Aftermath, December 1, 2019:

The Best Jazz on Bandcamp, Bird is the Worm, November 30, 2019:

All About Jazz, November 28, 2019:

Interview with Joe Dimino, November 25, 2019:

One World Music UK playlist, November 25, 2019:

St Louis Public Radio playlist, November 24, 2019:

Jazz Music Blog review, November 22, 2019:

Shepherd Express review, November 20, 2019:

All About Jazz’s World of Jazz feature, November 13, 2019:

Jazz Buzz review, November 13, 2019:

Seesaw Magazine, “Jazz feast begins”, review of Chelsea McBride’s Socialist Night School in Perth, November 9, 2019:

Club de Jazz, November 8, 2019:

Steptempest review, November 7, 2019:

Textura, 10 Questions with Chelsea McBride, November 5, 2019:

Textura, “Aftermath” review, November 5, 2019:

Vankay’s playlist, November 4, 2019:

Ivan Rod’s review of “Aftermath”, November 1, 2019:

Chelsea McBride’s Socialist Night Club: Aftermath

All About Jazz’s top 10 October tracks, November 1, 2019:

Interview with DJ Paul Corby on Corby’s Orbit on Radio Regent, November 1, 2019:

Wulf Muller’s review of “Aftermath”, October 31, 2019:

The Jazz Intersection, October 29, 2019:

The Jazz Intersection Podcast102919

Midwest Record’s review of “Aftermath”, October 22, 2019:

Perth International Jazz Festival announcement, October 5, 2019

Get jazzy at the Perth International Jazz Festival

Sydney International Women’s Jazz Festival announcement, September 11, 2019

Saxophonist bringing storytelling and song to Tsawwassen United Church, April 26, 2019

12 things to do in the Tri-Cities this weekend, March 21, 2019

“They’re Doing It Out Of Love”: The Big Band Rises Again, December 31, 2018

The Record preview of Uptown Waterloo Jazz Festival, July 19, 2018

Chemainus Valley Courier preview of Chelsea McBride’s Socialist Night School performance, June 23, 2018

McBride and her intergenerational band schooled in the art of jazz music

Cowichan Valley Citizen preview of Chelsea McBride’s Socialist Night School performance, June 23, 2018

McBride and her intergenerational band schooled in the art of jazz music

106.5 Mountain FM interview with Chelsea McBride, June 15, 2018

Chelsea McBride’s Socialist Night School

YYScene interview with Chelsea McBride, June 14, 2018

Toronto sax player and big band leader Chelsea McBride takes her Socialist Night School circus on the road

Medicine Hat News interview with Chelsea McBride, June 8, 2018

Chelsea McBride will School you at JazzFest

Rocky Mountain Outlook interview with Chelsea McBride, June 7, 2018

Medicine Hat News feature on Yuri Honing and Chelsea McBride, June 1, 2018

Jazz Picks: Two JazzFest performers not to miss: Honing quartet and Chelsea McBride

Doors Open review of Chelsea McBride Group performance, May 28, 2018

Medicine Hat News preview of Medicine Hat Jazz Festival, May 11, 2018

Big lineup for JazzFest — a ‘quality event’

YYScene preview of JazzYYC, May 7, 2018

Chelsea McBride, Eric Alexander among headliners helping flavour JazzYYC’s Summer Festival as it gradually grows

Yamantaka // Sonic Titan feature, March 29, 2018

Yamantaka // Sonic Titan’s “Hungry Ghost” single premiere, February 13, 2018

Interview with JazzBluesNews.Space, February 10, 2018

The Jazz Hole’s best of 2017, December 24, 2017

2017 – BEST OF

Steptempest’s top large ensembles of 2017

“The best Canadian jazz albums of 2017”, Peter Hum at the Ottawa Citizen

The best Canadian jazz albums of 2017

“10 outstanding Canadian jazz albums of 2017”, CBC Music

Chelsea and the Cityscape on Women of Substance Radio, September 11, 2017

Chelsea and the Cityscape on Women of Substance Radio, August 28, 2017

People of Note Podcast, July 15, 2017

“The Twilight Fall” in Downbeat Magazine, July 2017

“The Twilight Fall” on Music Mondays by lachlanlikesathing, June 2017

35 Best Canadian Jazz Musicians Under 35, June 2017

Rags to Reasonable, “Budgeting Bipolar”, May 2017

Budgeting Bipolar: How to Manage Your Money When you Have Bigger Fish to Fry

Jazz da Gama, April 2017:

Chelsea McBride’s Socialist Night School: The Twilight Fall

All About Jazz, April 2017:

The Epoch Times, April 4, 2017:

Jazz Weekly, March 2017:

WOMEN IN CHARGE…Chelsea McBride’s Socialist Night School: The Twilight Fall, Rachel Therrien: Pensamiento

Improvijazzation Nation, March 2017:

Issue # 165 Reviews

The WholeNote, March 2017:

Chelsea McBride on Double Booked, March 2017

“Intransitory” featured on Tomajazz, February 22, 2017 (just past the 50min mark):

HDO 242. Canajazz III: Brian Dickinson, Kirk McDonald Jazz Orchestra, Modus Factor… [Podcast]

“Ambleside” featured on The Jazz Intersection, February 21, 2017 (around 16min):

KUCI, February 2017:

Jazz Buzz, February 2017:

Best of Bandcamp January 2017:

Mike Greenblatt’s review of “The Twilight Fall” in the Aquarian Weekly:

Rant’n’roll: Moroccan Dub, Americana-Prog, Socialist Night School, Negro Spirituals, Canadian Folk, Jazz Vocalese & A Guy Named Tohpati

Ivan Rod’s review of “The Twilight Fall” on Salt Peanuts:


Textura, “The Twilight Fall” review:

Textura, Five Questions with Chelsea McBride:

The Whole Note, February 2017:

Click to access 2205-TheWholeNote-February-2017-FULL_FINAL_RFS.pdf

Steptempest review, January 2017:

Stereogum feature, January 2017:

Peter Hum’s review of “The Twilight Fall”, January 15, 2017:

Chelsea McBride's Socialist Night School CD reviewed

Interview with JAZZFM91, January 15, 2017:

Interview with Tien Providence, January 13, 2017

Ivan Rod’s review of “The Twilight Fall”, January 13, 2017:

Chelsea McBride’s Socialist Night School: The Twilight Fall

The Globe and Mail’s article for the CD release of “The Twilight Fall”, January 13, 2017

Transcript of interview with Bill King, January 12, 2017:

Interview with JAZZFM91, January 11, 2017:

Interview with Linus Wyrsch on The Jazz Hole, January 8, 2017:


“Intransitory” featured on AnimaJazz (about halfway through):

Midwest Record’s review of “The Twilight Fall”, December 30, 2016:

TD Discovery Series Interview – Chelsea McBride

Smashing Barriers, Episode 2: Chelsea McBride

Interview with JAZZFM91, May 2014