Please Silence Your Phones

 

Walk don’t run to the nearest exit. The usual requests before a performance whether it be a movie or live theatre.

Once again I was at the Baltimore Museum of Art, and their final concert for the winter, featuring the CHRISTIAN SANDS TRIO. An almost sold out house watched nimble fingers effortlessly dance between the black and white keys of the piano. His body was leaving the piano stool as though he was about to do the “shmoney” “dougie” or “wobble”.

“Ping, pebble, bong, ping ping”. In the midst of a particular piece, there was a pause, when that “ping” sound was heard. It obviously did not come from the band, but from the audience, a cell phone ring. Christian smiled, and repeated that sound on his piano, the audience, which was frowning at the cell phone interruption, applauded Christian’s take on the mental mishap of the cell phone owner; (who did not silence or turn off the phone before the performance).

That little 7 note ditty Christian used throughout his DREAM music presentation, showing how instant, extensive, and vast a musical vocabulary he posses.

From Connecticut, to Baltimore by way of Manhattan School of Music, I present Christian Sands, accompanied by ERIC WHEELER on bass and JEROME JENNINGS on drums. Courtesy of the BALTIMORE CHAMBER JAZZ SOCIETY.