Christian Sands Trio

LONDON PizzaExpress Jazz Club
10 Dean Street
London
W1D 3RW

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Pianist Christian Sands toured the world with Christian McBride and has been hailed as a rising star by Wynton Marsalis – here with his trio he plays material from his latest album Reach on Mack Avenue.

Christian Sands — Steinway Artist and five-time Grammy Nominee — is an emerging jazz force. His abundant piano technique perfectly matches his conception, accomplishing a much deeper musical goal: a fresh look at the entire language of jazz. Christian says, “My music is about teaching the way of jazz and keeping it alive.” Whether it’s stride, swing, bebop, progressive, fusion, Brazilian or Afro-Cuban, Sands develops the past while providing unusual and stimulating vehicles for the present... and for the future. He expresses himself through an extensive vocabulary of patterns, textures and structures, all the while maintaining a strong sense of understatement, sensitivity, taste and swing — hallmarks for as long as he has been playing.

His meteoric rise in the jazz world already includes performances with the legendary Oscar Peterson and Dr. Billy Taylor. He met Dr. Billy Taylor at the Jazz in July program in 2006, and formed an immediate connection. Dr. Taylor dubbed him his protégé, and Christian has followed in his mentor’s footsteps by encouraging, inspiring and advocating for the preservation and history of jazz. He teaches and promotes the passion and richness of jazz to young people as well as to mature audiences. In 2015 he started the Jazz Kids of Montmartre in Copenhagen, Denmark, and he also teaches at Jazz in July, where he is an alumnus.

Since arriving on the scene, Sands has shared the stage with such jazz luminaries as Wynton Marsalis, Diane Reeves, Shelia E, Gary Burton, Stefan Harris, Teri Lyne Carrington, Jason Moran, Geri Allen, and James Moody. Sands was named one of the future rising stars by Wynton Marsalis in Jet Magazine. Vanity Fair’s 'Jazz Youth-Quake' also named him as a future jazz star. He was finalist for the 2015 Cole Porter Jazz Fellowship Award sponsored by the America Pianist Association.

Brilliant young American pianist brings his astounding virtuosity to an intimate venue with music from his latest album ‘Facing Dragons.'

(Chris Philips, Jazz FM)