Christian Sands Quartet
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Be Water

Christian Sands Quartet

SEP 23-26 | Opening Week

Sep 25, 2021
Joe Henderson Lab
SatSep 25
7:00 PM

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SatSep 25
8:30 PM

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At only 32, pianist and composer Christian Sands is arguably the leading pianist of his generation. A former prodigy who has more than lived up to his early promise, he has amassed a body of work as a leader that rivals established veterans twice his age. Widely known as part of Christian McBride’s hard-swinging Inside Straight band and Trio, the GRAMMY-nominated virtuoso began his formal training at age four and started composing at five, eventually becoming a protégé of the great Dr. Billy Taylor. The Connecticut-born Sands made his recording debut as a leader at 12 with his 2002 trio album Footprints.

He led three further sessions and performed on the Latin GRAMMY-nominated Kenya Revisited Live with the Manhattan School of Music’s Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra under the direction of drummer Bobby Sanabria — all before graduating and joining McBride’s band.

Sands earned GRAMMY consideration for his contribution to McBride’s 2013 trio release Out Here and released his spectacular Mack Avenue Records debut with 2017’s Reach. He returns with music from his GRAMMY-nominated 2020 Mack Avenue album Be Water — an expansive release featuring an extended ensemble and string quartet.

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Sands returns with music from his GRAMMY-nominated 2020 Mack Avenue album Be Water — an expansive release featuring an extended ensemble and string quartet.

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An imaginative composer, a clever arranger and a skillful technician with a fluid style.

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An imaginative composer, a clever arranger and a skillful technician with a fluid style.

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