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Will Sellenraad has earned a fast growing reputation of being at the forefront of creative musicians working in New York City. Known for his brilliant improvisations and his compelling, melodic compositions, this New York City native melds the various styles, phrasings and concepts of the jazz idiom with the raw elements of soul, rock and funk, to create a singular sound that is nothing short of inspiring.

The son of prominent New York painters, he was destined towards music at an early age. Raised and immersed in the City's downtown art and music culture, Sellenraad was able to focus all his energies and talent toward the guitar. After being awarded numerous scholarships, Sellenraad graduated from the New School University Jazz Program in 1995, where he studied under many jazz giants.

A recipient of several grants from the New York State Council on the Arts, Sellenraad is a mainstay on the music scene in and around New York City, appearing at storied jazz venues such as The 55 Bar, Smalls, Mezzrow, The Blue Note, Birdland, The Iridium, the former Sweet Basil and many others.

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Trenier Guitars, John Pearse strings, Blue Chip Picks, Reunion Blues Cases, Peluso Microphones, I also love old Fender & Gibson amps...


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”Sellenraad's music can seduce you one minute and push you back on your heels the next. There's so much to like about Balance” “A bold and rising star on the jazz scene” - Icon

“Balance hits a satisfying sweet spot... A student of both Jim Hall and John Abercrombie, Sellenraad's guitar finds a wonderfully happy medium through Balance that takes Grant Green's cool blue sound and brings it to a grittier, more urban place.” - All About Jazz

“gorgeous, subdued guitar lines... The music has an easy feeling and strong character. A good mix by a very together group.” - The Santa Fe New Mexican-Pasatiempo

“...you will definitely be hearing more from Will Sellenraad” - Kenny Barron

“...sophisticated harmonic thinking and a modern approach...As a guitarist, Sellenraad has an abundance of technique..

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Primary Instrument

Guitar

Location

New York City

Willing to teach

Advanced only

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Album Balance by Will Sellenraad

Balance

Beezwax Records
2009

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Album Star Hustler by Will Sellenraad

Star Hustler

Tintop Records
2003

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Album Streams by Will Sellenraad

Streams

Self Produced
1999

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Waiting

Waiting

Will Sellenraad
Streams

Balance

Balance

Will Sellenraad
Balance

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