Nick Sanders was raised in New Orleans, Louisiana and currently lives in New York City. He holds a Master of Music degree in Jazz Performance from The New England Conservatory. In 2010, 2011 and 2012, he won the Marion and Eubie Blake International Piano Award for performance excellence of traditional American music.
Nick recently signed with Sunnyside Records, voted the #1 jazz record label in the 2011 Downbeat magazine critic’s poll. His inaugural album, “Nameless Neighbors” recorded with his trio and produced by Fred Hersch, is now in stores.
“In these days of cookie-cutter pianists, Nick Sanders is a true original. He is already a world-class pianist – and an intriguing and quirky composer as well.” …Fred Hersch
New Orleans Times-Picayune (excerpt, performance review)
“Sanders proved to be a two-handed whiz at the keyboard, able to sustain complex contrapuntal lines and spin dramatic variations while maintaining the musical momentum. His sound was warm and embracing, but plenty of lightning flashed through his cloudscapes, as he nudged his bandmates with crisp trills, ringing octaves and edgy harmonic choices. Sanders’ command of dynamics also heightened the musical drama, as he filled the room at a whisper, and conjured thunder without swamping the rich overtones of his instrument. Yes, that classical training does come in handy, sometimes.”
Step Tempest (excerpt, album review)
“The Nick Sanders Trio is young but, judging by the original works on this debut, the leader is already a formidable composer and arranger as well as an impressive pianist. And, the rhythm section is also mighty impressive.”
Offbeat (excerpt, album review)
“Pianist Nick Sanders is a virtuoso and his classical training is evident on Nameless Neighbors, his debut album on the prestigious Sunnyside Records label. Sanders and his trio with bassist Henry Fraser and drummer Connor Baker explore the world of jazz with a certain refinement that suggests the genteel elegance of classical music.”
You are listening to “Chamberlain, Maine” from the Nick Sanders Trio’s debut CD, “Nameless Neighbors.”