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, The Blue Note, Birdland, the former Bradley's, The Iridium, the former Sweet Basil and many others. As a band leader, he has also performed at the Panasonic Village and JVC Jazz Festivals in New York and the Discover Jazz Festival in Burlington, Vermont.
Jeremy will become one of the giants in the music world. Chico Hamilton
Jeremy Carlstedt reflects the influence of his mentor Chico Hamilton with a touch of Elvin Jones; he’s the kind of drummer who makes sure you always feel the pulse even when getting a little tricky around the edges. That Music Magazine
The leader is a linguistically gifted drummer who thinks beyond rhythm and time. Elliot Simon / NYC Jazz Record
Across these seven performances, the highly intuitive and forceful nature of Jeremy Carlstedt shines through to lend cohesion and makes Stars Are Far a gripping excursion that tests the limits of rock-jazz. S. Victor Aaron / Something Else! Carlstedt is a master at setting up infectious, hypnotic grooves, at times laid back, yet still sly and funky. - Bruce Lee Gallanter / Downtown Music Gallery
A thrill to watch and sublime to hear, Lorin Cohen has distinguished himself as one of the most exciting and dynamic musicians on the scene today. His tuneful compositions, joyful groove and powerful stage presence has resonated with audiences throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East and the Caribbean.
“I started playing the bass because I wanted to make people dance”.
Growing up in Chicago, Cohen was raised in a home inundated with art, music and culture. His mother Muriel, a music teacher, played guitar, piano, and violin. Beginning on alto saxophone in fourth grade, Lorin picked up the bass guitar at 14 so that he could jam with his guitar-playing older brother Elliott and his cousin, the pianist (and future Guggenheim Fellow) Ryan Cohan.
Cohen’s earliest influences are rooted in the deep blues heritage of his native Chicago. “We used to sneak out to the great blues clubs in the city, soaking up the sounds. I was captivated by the magnitude of soul can be expressed in a mere 3 chords and 12 bars alone”.