The third artist on the concert series is jazz vocalist Annie Sellick. Sellick’s show features Kevin Bales on piano, Billy Thornton on bass and Quentin E. Baxter on drums.
Sellick may be compared to the greats – “Ella’s playfulness, Carmen’s attitude, Betty’s instincts and Anita’s flair…” (Greg Lee, WMOT jazz radio), but she is unequivocally and undeniably an original. Don’t let her southern drawl, as sweet as biscuits n’ honey, cause you to make assumptions. There is nothing shy or demure about Sellick’s control of the stage, the music, her sound and her audience.
It’s quite obvious she is totally at home as a live performer, immediately engaging her audiences with an innate ability to make everyone in the room feel like she is performing just for them. These special gifts aside, however, it’s Sellick’s pure talent as a musician that is earning her rave reviews and a growing fan base around the world.
Sellick is a mainstay at the major jazz venues in her hometown Nashville, TN. She’s performed with all of Music City’s jazz artists, including Beegie Adair, Jeff Coffin, Rod McGaha and Bela Fleck. Sellick is the resident vocalist with the Nashville Jazz Orchestra, with whom she has recorded and gave a celebrated sold-out performance with the Nashville Symphony Pops Orchestra, “An Evening of Jazz.” Sellick has won a large and devoted following in her hometown that has garnered five consecutive “Best Jazz Artist” awards from the Nashville media and the best selling local artist for two years at Tower Records Nashville.
Sellick has toured extensively. She’s traveled to Europe, Japan, Canada, and throughout the United States establishing solid fan bases centered in Atlanta and Birmingham. She also has a following in cities such as Hilton Head Island, West Palm Beach, Cincinnati, Los Angeles and Montreal.
Her club appearances in Montreal resulted in an invitation to perform at the 2006 and 2008 Montreal Jazz Festivals. She has also made regular appearances at West
Coast Jazz Party, Newport Beach Jazz Party, Vail Jazz Festival and opened for Curtis Stigers at the Gene Harris Jazz Festival.
Sellick toured with Mark O’Connor’s Hot Swing and made six Japan tours covering twenty cities both as soloist and featured vocalist with John DiMartino, David Hazeltine, Grant Stewart and the late Eddie Higgins.
Sellick has recorded four CDs on her own label, Chalice Music, Inc. Her 2002 release, No Greater Thrill, features Hammond B-3 royalty Joey DeFrancesco. Her 2004 release, A Little Piece of Heaven, is her first live recording captured at The Vic Jazz Club in Santa Monica, CA, features Gerald Clayton on piano, Dan Lutz on bass, Kevin Kanner on drums, with guest appearances from guitarist Bruce Forman and arrangements by stellar arranger/composer Shelly Berg.
Sellick’s most recent release, Street of Dreams, features two of Los Angeles’ most notable rhythm sections: “trio one” being the aforementioned trio with Clayton, Lutz, and Kanner; and “trio two” being the Jeff Hamilton Trio with Tamir Hendelman on piano, Christoph Luty on bass, and Hamilton on drums.