At the 2012 Gilmore Festival, Christian Sands captivated audiences with his invigorating take on standard repertoire and extensive vocabulary within the language of jazz. This year, the 28-year-old pianist returns with his trio for two shows at Bell’s Brewery.
Sands is a Steinway Artist and a five-time Grammy nominee who says his music “is about teaching the way of jazz and keeping it alive.” From stride to swing, bebop to fusion, Brazilian to Afro-Cuban, Sands’ use of diverse jazz styles is masterful and fluid. Sands’ 2017 major record label debut, Reach, not only exhibits his diverse technical prowess, but also an energetic flair for composition and arranging. Sands’ original songs on the record offer an innovative palette of sounds, from the precise, Iberian-tinged opener “Armando’s Song” to the moody, sci-fi odyssey “Freefall.” Trio members Yasushi Nakamura on bass and Marcus Baylor on drums contribute to the record’s spunk and spirit.
355 E. Kalamazoo Ave., Kalamazoo
April 26, 6:30 p.m. (sold out) & 9 p.m., $30