Pianist/composer Christian Sands’ cinematic approach to popular holiday classics takes center stage with Christmas Stories, his first album since his critically acclaimed, GRAMMY® nominated 2020 release Be Water. Having performed in-demand Christmas shows at Jazz at Lincoln Center and around the world, Sands offers such classics as “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “Silent Night,” “Jingle Bells,” and “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” as well as a few surprises. Joining the NAACP Image Award nominee are vibraphonist Stefon Harris, saxophonist Jimmy Greene, guitarists Max Light and Marvin Sewell, bassist Yasushi Nakamura, percussionist Keita Ogawa, and drummer Ryan Sands.
Barely into his 30s, pianist Christian Sands has already enjoyed a remarkable career trajectory. Mentored as a teenager by legendary pianist Billy Taylor, Sands became a member of the Christian McBride Trio and McBride’s Inside Straight. Now emerging as a composer and solo artist in his own right, Sands garnered a Best Instrumental Composition GRAMMY® nomination for his track “Be Water II.”