Daily Nutmeg

Swinging for the Fences

Published in the Daily Nutmeg.

When Neighborhood Music School’s Premier Jazz Ensemble opened for up-and-coming jazz pianist Christian Sands at the 2016 New Haven Jazz Festival, the group’s tenor saxophonist, Ryan Griffiths, was starstruck. Sands walked up to him before the gig to say hello, and “I didn’t really know what to say besides, ‘Oh. Hey,’” Griffiths says with a laugh. Funny thing is, Griffiths, now a senior at North Haven High School, is an elite musician, too, training in the same ordinary basement room on Audubon Street where Sands’s career powered up. Click here to read more!