Will Sellenraad

Instrument: Guitar | Location: New York City

Sellenraad's music can seduce you one minute and push you back on your heels the next.
—Nick Bewsey, Icon

Updated: November 18, 2019

Born: February 28

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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November 13, 2019

Will Sellenraad, Eric McPherson and Rene Hart release 'Greene Street...

February 28, 2014

Jazz Musician of the Day: Will Sellenraad

February 28, 2013

Jazz Musician of the Day: Will Sellenraad

February 28, 2012

Jazz Musician of the Day: Will Sellenraad

February 28, 2011

Jazz Musician of the Day: Will Sellenraad

September 01, 2010

Will Sellenraad Quartet at 55 Bar on Sunday Sept. 5

February 28, 2010

Jazz Musician of the Day: Will Sellenraad

February 18, 2010

Will Sellenraad Quartet at 55 Bar on Sunday Feb. 21

May 01, 2009

Announcing the Winners of the "Will Sellenraad - Balance" Giveaway!

April 30, 2009

Enter the Beezwax Records "Will Sellenraad - Balance" Giveaway Contest

April 27, 2009

Guitarist/Composer Will Sellenraad Live at the 55 Bar on April 29 in...

April 13, 2009

Download Three Free MP3s by Guitarist Will Sellenraad

March 05, 2009

Guitarist/Composer Will Sellenraad Live at the 55 Bar - Monday, March...

January 09, 2009

Beezwax Records to Release "Balance" from Guitarist/Composer Will...

November 14, 2008

Will Sellenraad @ Smalls NYC, Featuring Kiyoshi Kitagawa & Darren...

August 05, 2008

Will Sellenraad Quartet at 55 Bar

June 17, 2008

Will Sellenraad Trio @ Smalls 6/17 Feat: Kiyoshi Kitagawa & Eric...

January 02, 2008

Will Sellenraad Quartet at 55 Bar on Thursday, January 3rd at 10PM

October 07, 2007

Will Sellenraad Group @ The 55 Bar NYC, Sunday October 7th (Tonight)

June 27, 2007

Will Sellenraad Trio This Weekend @ The Skokie Theater in Chicago, IL

”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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Guitar

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New York City

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