Christian Sands Trio

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Last Show: Monday 25 th July 2022

PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho)

With his third Mack Avenue release 'Be Water' released summer of 2020, this already accomplished young Steinway Artist takes his place as a leader and an emerging jazz force. He brings a fresh look at the entire language of jazz. On his stunning new album pianist Christian Sands takes inspiration from water’s tranquility and power and muses on the possibilities offered by echoing its fluidity and malleability. 


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“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

Just embarking on his 30s, Sands has already enjoyed a remarkable career trajectory, touring and recording for many years with Christian McBride’s Inside Straight and Trio, as well as working with the likes of Gregory Porter, Geri Allen, Esperanza Spaulding and so many more, playing International Jazz Day in Cuba and world renowned jazz festivals such as North Sea, Monterey, Newport, Montreux among others. 

He serves as the Creative Ambassador for the Erroll Garner foundation and is also the Artist in Residence for Monterey Jazz Festival – he was the Creative Director for the ‘Monterey Festival Band on Tour’ last year which toured all major markets and performing arts centers in the US.

"Classic-rock songs often turn into cultural signposts for no clear reason — what does this 1969 Blind Faith epic really mean, anyway, with its obtuse lyrics and addictive, endless vamping? The pianist Christian Sands and his trio make the song matter again.” — NPR Music

"The album follows the similarly nuanced 2018 effort Facing Dragons and finds Sands continuing to develop his sophisticated brand of contemporary post-bop jazz.” — All Music

“...compositional lyricism, empathetic group interplay, and searching improvisation.” — All Music

"'Be Water's relaxed intensity alone might call Bruce Lee to mind, mirroring his storied intellect and controlled physicality.” — All Music