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Will Sellenraad

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, emotive 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.

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

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.

In the mid-1990's, the guitarist landed the house gig at Visiones, one of New York's finest jazz clubs. Over several years of performances at the club Sellenraad developed a great musical kinship with fellow native New Yorker, drummer Eric McPherson and first-call bassist Kiyoshi Kitagawa. This great musical rapport led to the 1998 recording of his critically acclaimed debut album, Streams, which features a special appearance by the astounding James Hurt.

“This disc was my introduction to Will Sellenraad; it would be nice to hear a lot more from him.” – JazzTimes (on Star Hustler)

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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

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Balance

Balance

Beezwax Records
2009

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Star Hustler

Star Hustler

Tintop Records
2003

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Streams

Streams

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Waiting

Waiting

Will Sellenraad
Streams

Balance

Balance

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Balance

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