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Christian Sands
Facing Dragons

Christian Sands

OCT 18–21 | KEYED UP I

Oct 20
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At 29, 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 his current 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.

NPR Music Review

“An imaginative composer, a clever arranger and a skillful technician with a fluid style” (DownBeat), the Connecticut-born Sands made his recording debut as a leader at 12 with his 2002 trio album Footprints. He led three further sessions including his 2008 date Furioso with guests Craig Handy and Randy Brecker 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 from the conservatory and joining the fold with McBride. Sands made a memorable mark on Inside Straight’s 2013 album People Music and McBride’s acclaimed trio release Out Here, earning the pianist a GRAMMY nomination, and released his spectacular Mack Avenue Records debut with 2017’s Reach. He makes his SFJAZZ debut in celebration of his new album Facing Dragons, with a trio including bassist Yasushi Nakamura and drummer Jonathan Barber.

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Best known for his work with Christian McBride, the GRAMMY-nominated virtuoso presents material from his new Mack Avenue album, Facing Dragons.

Airtight compositions and punctilious improvising. Groove-drenched, gospelly and smartly plotted.

The New York Times

Airtight compositions and punctilious improvising. Groove-drenched, gospelly and smartly plotted.

The New York Times

Personnel

Christian Sands piano
Yasushi Nakamura bass
Jonathan Barber drums

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

DownBeat

Personnel

Christian Sands piano
Yasushi Nakamura bass
Jonathan Barber drums

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

DownBeat

Watch & Listen

Christian Sands

Armando's Song

Christian Sands

Reaching For The Sun

Christian Sands

Armando's Song

Christian Sands

Reaching For The Sun