|Birth name||Christian Sylvester Sands|
|Born||May 22, 1989|
New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.
|Labels||Mack Avenue Records|
Christian Sylvester Sands (born May 22, 1989) is an American jazz pianist and composer. His third album for Mack Avenue Records, Be Water, was released in 2020 and received a Grammy Award nomination in the Best Instrumental Composition category for the song "Be Water II."
Life and career
Sands was born on May 22, 1989. He grew up in New Haven, Connecticut, and later moved to the nearby town of Orange. He started playing the piano at a very young age, and took lessons from the age of four; he commented that "I grew up with it in the house, in the classroom and on stage so it has always been a huge part of my life".
Sands was mentored by pianist Billy Taylor, who allowed the teenager to close one of the sets that Taylor played at the Kennedy Center. Sands went on to study at the Manhattan School of Music. The school's Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra, led by Bobby Sanabria, recorded the album Kenya Revisited Live in 2009; it was nominated for a Latin Grammy.
Sands became a Steinway artist in 2012. In 2014, Sands cited as influences McBride, Wynton Marsalis, Kenny Garrett, and Marcus Roberts, because "They're coming from the tradition of bringing people into the music, but also moving it forward into new directions". In the same year, Sands became an American Pianists Association Jazz Fellowship Awards Finalist.
An asterisk (*) indicates that the year is that of release.
|2002*||Footprints||Stanza||Trio, with Jeff Fuller (bass), Jesse Hameen II (drums)|
|2004*||Harmonia||Stanza||Trio, with James Cammack (bass), Arti Dixson (drums)|
|2007*||Risin'||Christian Sands||With Michael Asseta (bass), Jesse Hameen II & Ryan Sands (drums), Josh Evans (trumpet), Bill Evans (saxophone), Billy Taylor producer|
|2008||Furioso||M&I||With Craig Handy (flute, tenor sax), Randy Brecker (flugelhorn, trumpet), Ugonna Okegwo (bass), Louis Hayes (drums)|
|2014||Take One||Storyville||Trio, with Thomas Fonnesbæk (bass), Alex Riel (drums); in concert|
|2017||Reach||Mack Avenue||With Marcus Baylor (drums), Yasushi Nakamura (bass), Gilad Hekselman (guitar), Christian McBride (bass), Cristian Rivera (percussion), Marcus Strickland (tenor saxophone and bass clarinet)|
|2017–18||Reach Further||Mack Avenue||Most tracks trio with Yasushi Nakamura (bass), Jerome Jennings (drums); some tracks trio with Nakamura (bass), Marcus Baylor (drums); EP; Jennings tracks in concert|
|2018||Facing Dragons||Mack Avenue||With Yasushi Nakamura (bass), Jerome Jennings (drums) Marcus Strickland (sax), Keyon Harrold (trumpet), Caio Afiune (guitar), Cristian Rivera and Roberto Quintero (percussion)|
|2020||Be Water||Mack Avenue||With Yasushi Nakamura (bass), Clarence Penn (drums) Marcus Strickland (sax), Sean Jones (trumpet), Marvin Sewell (guitar), Steve Davis (trombone)|
|2009*||Bobby Sanabria||Kenya Revisited Live|
|2012*||Ulysses Owens||Unanimous||Criss Cross Jazz|
|2013*||Christian McBride||People Music||Mack Avenue|
|2013*||Christian McBride||Out Here||Mack Avenue|
|2017*||Gregory Porter||Nat King Cole & Me||Blue Note|
|2019*||Jordan Pettay||First Fruit||Outside in Music|
|2019||Alexa Tarantino||Winds of Change||Posi-Tone|
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- "Get to Know Jazz Fellowship Awards Finalist Christian Sands" (September 11, 2014). American Pianists Association.
- Josephson, Sanford (2009) "Jazz Notes: Interviews Across the Generations". Praeger. p. 196. ISBN 978-0-313-35700-8.
- Lutz, Phillip (September 3, 2010) "Help for Those Just Starting Out in the Jazz World". The New York Times.
- Blanco, Edward (May 9, 2009) "Bobby Sanabria / Manhattan School of Music Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra: Kenya Revisited Live!!! (2009)". AllAboutJazz.
- Grossman, Anna Jane (March 15, 2013) "Striking All the Right Notes". The New York Times.
- Jarenwattananon, Patrick (May 10, 2012) "Another Young Jazz Artist Who Also Cares About Pop Music Today (Gasp!)". npr.
- "Christian Sands". Steinway.com. Retrieved March 29, 2015.
- Willis, Samantha (April 2019). "Jordan Pettay: First Fruit". DownBeat. Vol. 86, no. 4. p. 54.
- Paul Rauch (June 10, 2019). "Alexa Tarantino: Winds of Change". allaboutjazz.com. Retrieved May 13, 2020.