Annie Sellick and the Hot Club of Nashville
When: 8 p.m. Saturday, March 19
Where: The Arts Council Smithgall Arts Center, 331 Spring St. SW, Gainesville
Cost: $30 per person, sold out but waiting list available
More info: www.theartscouncil.net or 770-534-2787
Nashville jazz virtuoso Annie Sellick and The Hot Club of Nashville will return to Gainesville for an Evening of Intimate Jazz at The Arts Council Smithgall Arts Center.
The performance will be at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 19, in the ballroom at 331 Spring St. SW in Gainesville. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.
The regular $30 tickets are sold out, but those still interested in attending may call 770-534-2787 and be put on a waiting list. Extra tickets may be sold for seating in the atrium next to the ballroom.
Sellick, a longtime staple in the Nashville music scene, has performed alongside many musical greats, from jazz pianist Beegie Adair to American banjo player Bela Fleck. But Sellick said she had no intention of becoming a musician at first.
However, fate intervened.
“I played a set with a jazz band in college and after the show they hired me on the spot,” Sellick said, explaining the common language in jazz allows players to come together and perform.
While performing gigs at night, Sellick studied her craft at the Nashville Jazz Workshop and was offered their first work/study opportunity. Now, she is a mainstay at the major jazz venues in Nashville. She also is the resident vocalist with the Nashville Jazz Orchestra, with whom she has recorded.
Sellick has won a large, devoted following in her hometown and has garnered five consecutive “Best Jazz Artist” awards from the Nashville media and the No. 1 best-selling local artist for two years at Tower Records Nashville.
Sellick, who has previously played at The Art Council, will perform with the Hot Club of Nashville. Together they will combine the early 1930s and ’40s jazz styles into something uniquely Southern and upbeat, Sellick said.
The Hot Club was founded by Richard Smith, who Sellick describes as “fantastically British.”
Born in Beckenham, England, Smith picked up the guitar at 5 years old after watching his father playing an Chet Atkins and Merle Travis version of “Down South Blues.”
He founded the Hot Club of Nashville after moving to Tennessee in 1999. The jam band has a varying lineup, including high-profile session players such as John Jorgenson, Pat Bergeson, Bryan Sutton and Stuart Duncan.
Current members of the band include Bergeson, a sought-after session and live musician as well as Sellick’s husband; Duncan, a session musician and five-time winner of the Academy of Country Music Fiddle Player of the Year; and Aaron Till, a respected and well-seasoned sideman and studio musician after nearly two decades in Nashville.
If you are unable to attend the show, Sellick and the Matt Kaminski Trio will be back in Georgia on June 17 at The High Museum of Art.
For more information, visit www.theartscouncil.net.