Jazz Patrol / Pianist Christian Sands
Plays for Art of Jazz, now at the Mary Seaton Room at Kleinhans
Christian Sands appears February 2 with his High Wire Trio.
The Albright-Knox may be closed for the next two years, but much of its regular programming is still taking place offsite. In the case of the Art of Jazz series, that means a temporary relocation to the Mary Seaton Room at Kleinhans, where pianist Christian Sands will be appearing on the afternoon of February 2 with his High Wire Trio. Sands was himself a featured player in Christian McBride’s trio (one can only assume the similar names must have led to more than a little confusion over the years), although he had already released two solo albums before he was old enough to vote. On this tour, he pays homage to one of the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed piano players of the twentieth century, the silky smooth stylist Erroll Garner, known for his work with Charlie Parker along with the Clint Eastwood-endorsed single “Misty” and a huge-selling live album of standards, Concert by the Sea. Sands’s own recordings have garnered (sorry, folks) plenty of attention themselves, earning him five Grammy nominations over the years.
The day before that concert, on February 1, the Buffalo Jazz Collective returns to the Kenan Center’s Taylor Theater in Lockport for what is practically guaranteed to be another triumphant performance, given their track record. This time, they’re saluting composer, pianist, and band leader Duke Ellington, a true giant of American music. Ellington famously described his work as “beyond category,” and his genre-blind affection for pop, classical, gospel, and blues forms—sometimes all in the same number—set a visionary precedent that subsequent generations are only today catching up with.