Sands epitomizes the phrase “rising star.” Mentored by Dr. Billy Taylor, influenced by Barry Harris, Hank Jones, and Oscar Peterson, he was then later pushed by Christian McBride, Steve Wilson, and Bobby Sanabria. Sands is now everyone’s go-to pianist in New York where he can be found performing and recording with Alicia Olatuja, Ben Williams, Stefon Harris, Warren Wolf, Jaleel Shaw, the Mack Avenue Super Band, Etienne Charles, and many others.
Sands is comfortable playing old-school stride piano like Fats Waller, stretching out in a post-bop setting like McCoy Tyner or rearranging a hip-hop anthem by Drake. His big break was being asked to play with Christian McBride’s group at the Jazz Standard without a rehearsal. He will appear at the Vermont Jazz Center with his working trio.
Admission is on a sliding scale of $20 to $40. Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.prestocart.com/cgi-bin/order.pl?ref=CoolEugene&fm=3.
Other ticket payment/reservation options are at In the Moment, 143 Main Street or call the Jazz Center at (802) 254-9088 to reserve tickets.