ANNIE SELLICK (QUARTET)
Friday, January 21st, 2022
Saturday, January 22nd, 2022
THE ARTS COUNCIL SMITHGALL ARTS CENTER
8PM (doors to the venue open at 7:30PM)
Jazz vocalist Annie Sellick fell in love with the jazz organ about the same time she fell in love with her husband, guitarist Pat Bergeson. The two of them called upon the great Joey DeFrancesco to record an album of standards entitled “No Greater Thrill” (2002) and “organ-ized” live performances to support the project. Since those days, Annie and Pat have developed relationships with several jazz organists and this season they bring Charles Treadway to perform with them at the Arts Council – one of their favorite venues – for a night of swinging, engaging, bluesy & entertaining music.
Annie Sellick has gone far in the international jazz world since the days of stardom in her hometown of Nashville, TN, an unlikely place for a blossoming jazz career. It garnered, however, attention from New York and Los Angeles listeners as well as listeners throughout the Southeast, and as her fan base grew she widened her field to appearances throughout the US as well as Europe, Japan and beyond. Performances and recording with luminaries such as Jeff Hamilton, Gerald Clayton, Mark O’Connor and Tommy Emmanuel have attracted critics, who take note of her strong feel for swing and vocal phrasing and an ability to bond instantly with audiences with a mix of playfulness and warmth. Annie often hears from an audience newbie “I didn’t know I liked jazz until now”. Her apparent joy from the stage and ability to tell a story touches everyone.
Pat Bergeson moved to Nashville from New York City at the request of none other than Chet Atkins, who invited him to record and tour. A jaw-dropping jazz harmonica player as well as guitarist, Pat was named as one of the top twelve guitarists in an issue of Vintage Guitar Magazine. A style rooted in a life of jazz, his sound incorporates jazz, blues, rock and fingerstyle and he’s known for his session and stage work with Lyell Lovett, Alison Krauss, Jerry Reed, Tommy Emmanuel, Michael McDonald, Bill Frisell, Bill Evans, Benny Golson and many others.
Derrek Phillips was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and grew up playing drums in local bands, orchestras and the Concord Blue Devils drum and bugle corps. Derrek received his bachelor’s degree in Jazz Studies (Music Performance) at William Paterson University. During that time, he studied with Horace Arnold, Yoron Israel, John Riley, Carl Allen and the late, great TONY WILLIAMS. Derrek has two Grammies to his credit, courtesy of GLORIA GAYNOR (“Testimony”, 2020) and MIKE FARRIS (“Shine For All The People”, 2014). Over the course of his career, Derrek has worked with BRETT ELDREDGE, CHARLIE HUNTER, BRITTANY HOWARD, JOHN CARTER CASH, DR. JOHN, KURT ELLING, ALISON KRAUSS, DELBERT MCCLINTON and HANK WILLIAMS, JR. Derrek’s drumming can also be heard on “NASHVILLE” TV SHOW SOUNDTRACK”, and recordings by VANESSA WILLIAMS, MICHAEL MCDONALD, BLANCO BROWN, the MCCRARY SISTERS, SETH WALKER and ROBBEN FORD.
Charles Treadway is considered the top organist in Nashville. He’s played with the finest jazz and blues musicians including Jack Pearson, Bruce Forman, Jimmy Hall and Duffy Jackson and in various musical settings. His organ stylings are reminiscent of Jimmy Smith, Joey DeFrancesco, Jimmy McGriff and other greats.