Christian Sands is an emerging jazz force. He possesses pianistic technique in abundance, but it perfectly matches his conception. At the young age of 20 he received two GRAMMY Nominations for Best Latin Jazz Piano Solo, and Best Latin Jazz Album. He is the protégé of Dr. Billy and has been featured on several performances with him at Washington DC’s John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Following in his mentor’s footsteps he encourages, inspired and advocates for the preservation and history of jazz. He teaches and promotes the passion and richness jazz offers.
Sands has shared the stage a who’s who list of jazz luminaries such as Wynton Marsalis, Stefan Harris, Lou Donaldson, Avery Sharpe, James Moody, Bill Evans, Russell Malone, Rufus Reid, Chip Jackson, Terrance Blanchard, Alex Riel, Louis Hayes, Patti Austin, and Wycliffe Gordon to name a few. He is a member of Christian McBride’s renowned trio and quintet group Inside Straight. Christian Sands’ third solo recording for Mack Avenue, With Be Water, captures and establishes him as a forceful leader in composition and conceptual vision. The music is akin to the element which has no form of its own, taking on the structure of whatever musical composition and performance in which it finds itself and is a universal necessity.