2019 FORT ADAMS LINEUP
SUNDAY AUGUST 4, 2019
Christian Sands – 3 Piano Erroll Garner Tribute! feat. Helen Sung and Tadataka Unno
Christian Sands is only 28 years old, but he’s been playing piano for the past 25 years and has five Grammy Award nominations under his belt, including Best Latin Jazz Piano Solo. Wynton Marsalis named him a “jazz star of the future,” and he spent six years as the pianist in Christian McBride’s trio and Inside Straight Quartet.
Sands’ stylistic range includes stride piano, swing, bebop, progressive jazz, fusion, Brazilian, and Afro-Cuban. In 2016 he was signed to the prestigious Mack Avenue Records label. His debut CD “REACH” was released in April of this year holding down the #1 spot on Jazz Chart for four weeks. This young Steinway Artist Nominee takes his place as a leader and an emerging jazz force. He brings a fresh look at the entire language of jazz.
A deeply rich and soulful feeling can be heard in Christian’s music, characterized by his infectious energy and spirit. That same spirit is what caught the attention of Grammy award winning bassist, Christian McBride, with whom he has toured throughout the world’s finest venues for more than six years!
“When I first met Christian in 2009, it marked a seminal moment in my career as a bandleader. He was the FIRST young musician I’d met who had the drive, passion and skill of my peers like Roy Hargrove, Eric Reed, Greg Hutchinson and Antonio Hart. He’s only worried about being the best musician he can possibly be. He’s the ultimate professional” — Christian McBride
“Sands is skilled, soulful and melodic throughout, his energy and spirit altering with each tune”. – NOISEY
“With a talent like Sands at the keys, anything is possible.” – New York Observer
“Christian Sands may appear onstage as a sideman to bigger names, but when he puts his tender fingers on those hard black and white keys, he changes the scenery of a room”. – AXS