Christian Sands

Insights - Christian Sands

Jun 6, 2017

On Jazz Tones on Jazz 91.9 WCLK, Sunday June 4, 2017, I interviewed Christian Sands, a five-time Grammy-nominated pianist and renowned musician whose versatility is showcased in his new release, Reach.  "The collection here is about reaching new ideas and reaching new music", said Sands, who blends a range of styles including Afro-Cuban rhythms, Hip-Hop Beats and Dirty Blues in this latest work, which features  Christian McBride as a special guest.  A musician since age four, Sands composed his first piece of music at age five and was nurtured by Dr. Billy Taylor as  a teenager .  

New Music: Reach By Christian Sands

Apr 12, 2017
Mack Avenue Records

If progressive Jazz is your thing then you probably already know about Christian Sands. His debut record for Mack Avenue is called Reach, and features a dynamite quintet on a series of inventive, innovative pieces, mostly original but with covers of Bill Withers and classic pop gem "Somewhere Out There" done as a dreamy, timeless, Bill Evans meets Debussy way.  NPR Jazz Night In America Host Christian McBride and occasional bandmade drops in to play a bass solo on Sands' version of "Use Me." You can hear cuts from Reach on Jazz 91.9  WCLK during Serenade To The City, Monday through Friday from 10:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m.

courtesy of the artist

Spivey Hall, a proud supporter of Jazz 91.9 WCLK, presents Jazz Pianist, Christian Sands on Saturday, November 12 at 7:30 p.m.  Sands will perform with Dezron Douglas on bass and Marcus Baylor on drums. Sands has worked with Oscar Peterson, Dr. Billy Taylor and Christian McBride, among others.  Spivey Hall is located on the campus of Clayton State University in Morrow, GA  just 10 minutes south of the Perimeter off of I-75.  This event will be hosted by WCLK's Mark Angel.

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Don’t forget to tune in today at 9 a.m. for another edition of “UPFRONT” Inside Atlanta’s Entertainment Industry.

This week’s guests include CAU Drama Professor Jonathan Kitts and student actors Derrick Robertson and Sky Pugh, who are both starring in “Yellowman.” The Pulitzer Prize nominated play was written by Dael Orlandersmith and tackles the sensitive issues of colorism and stereotypes within the African-American community.