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Vocalist and Nashville native Annie Sellick has mingled with jazz royalty since her musical beginning where she “sat in” with the late guitarist Roland Gresham Sr. and was hired on the spot, setting her on a professional course for the next twenty years. She was voted “Best Jazz Artist” by readers of the Nashville Scene five years in a row. She was the resident vocalist for the Nashville Jazz Orchestra for eleven years. Grassroots spread like wildfire and she started making guest appearance with trios, big bands and orchestras around the country. She’s toured with Mark O’Connor’s Hot Swing, recorded albums and performed or toured with luminaries Joey DeFrancesco, Gerald Clayton, Eddie Higgins, the Jeff Hamilton Trio, Akira Tana and Tommy Emmanuel, with whom she is the featured performer for his Christmas Classics Tours.
She's got 6 albums on her own label to date, and lead her own groups ranging from straight-ahead piano trios to gypsy swing, as well as a charming collaboration with her husband Pat Bergeson performing as a duo.
The Holland & Coots "brand" continues to grow and evolve. The latest incarnation features the aforementioned duo adding the craziest bassist on this (or any other) planet, Steve Pikal! Oh yeah, things are about to get nuts.
The word GROOVUS! is actually derived from an early form of Latin - created long before the Indo-European folks got ahold of it and turned it into something decent - that, loosely translated means, "Holy crap that swings!" At least that's what Danny Coots tells us (apparently his Latin teacher, Mrs. Christopher, was quite the story-teller).
Their debut album, All We Know, features an absolute cornucopia of jazz-related styles that will keep even the most hardened jazz critic interested. Our dear friend and Jazz Aficionado, Michael Steinman, wrote in his liner notes, "Brian, Steve, and Danny – heartfelt tumblers and jugglers – create MUSIC that makes us feel. We remember sunrises, cool water, grateful breathing, hugs. The Sages describe many routes to enlightenment, but their advice is really “Find your Groove and Groove with others who Understand.” The universe has its own joyous rhythm – we feel it in the womb, in the waves. Count Basie had it even when he had to ride a scooter onstage. GROOVUS is so well-named; this trio sends the right vibrations without ever frightening the new puppy."
Seriously, what grooves better than that?
Evan Arntzen is a saxophonist, clarinetist and vocalist born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia, and currently residing in New York City. Evan takes part in a vast and vibrant traditional jazz scene, performing regularly with Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks (Boardwalk Empire, The Aviator), Terry Waldo’s Gotham City Band, and Jon-Erik Kellso’s Earregulars. Evan played in Michael Bublé’s orchestra for his 2012 and 2013 “Home for the Holidays” TV specials, the Dinah Washington Tribute Concert with Jaclyn Guillou on CBC TV, and was a featured soloist for the Opening Ceremonies of the Paralympic Games
A versatile guitarist and harmonica player, Pat's style incorporates jazz, blues, rock and finger style and he is known for his session work with a variety of artists. He has been in the studio with Lyle Lovett, Alison Krauss, Chet Atkins, Jerry Reed, Dolly Parton, Peter Frampton, Michael McDonald, Tommy Emmanuel, Bill Frisell, Martin Taylor, Suzy Bogguss, Chrissie Hynde, Bill Evans, Benny Golson, Joey DeFrancesco, and many others. He has toured with Chet Atkins, Lyle Lovett, Shelby Lynne, Suzy Bogguss and Madeleine Peyroux. Pat has been a teacher and producer, played on many Grammy Award-winning records, and has appeared on many movie soundtracks.
Clint Baker is an American traditional jazz musician performing on cornet, trumpet, trombone, clarinet, saxophone, guitar, banjo, tuba, string bass, and drums. He is one of the few musicians to lead a Traditional Jazz Band at the world renown Monterey Jazz Festival joining the ranks of Louis Armstrong, Punch Miller, and Jack Teagarden.
Clint appeared with the Hot Club of San Francisco at the Monterey Jazz Festival for a second time in 2007. It was the 50 Year Anniversary of the Festival and this was the first time in the festivals history that a Gypsy Jazz Band was invited to perform. He has been a bandleader since 1984. He produced his first record in 1991. Since then, he has produced 7 recordings including "In The Groove", "Going Huge", and "Tears".
Brian Holland is an internationally renowned pianist, composer, recording artist, and entertainer who has enjoyed a music career spanning more than 35 years. After spending his formative years playing in pizza parlors and clubs throughout Indiana, Brian's career flourished when he discovered the World Championship Old-Time Piano Playing Contest. In 1999, he won his third title and was retired as "undefeated". Brian has played with some of the hottest jazz bands in the US - Titan Hot Seven, Wally's Warehouse Waifs, the Holland Rhythm Company, and others - and has traveled all over the world performing his creative styles of jazz, ragtime, stride, boogie, and blues. Brian has multiple solo and ensemble recordings to his credit, and has garnered a Grammy nomination for his work with Bud Dresser on their album, "Ragtime-Goodtime-Jazz". Brian is very proud to be the Artistic Director for the Scott Joplin International Ragtime Festival (Sedalia, MO - June), and Co-Artistic Consultant for the Monterey Jazz Bash by the Bay (Monterey, CA - March).
It was 1964 in upstate New York when Danny Coots began playing drums at the tender age of 6 years old. Since then, he has studied with Nick Baffaro, Rich Holly, Alan Koffman and Jim Petercsak in percussion.
Danny attended The Crane School of Music and St. Lawrence University. He eventually served as adjunct faculty at St. Lawrence University, Clarkson University and Potsdam State University from the 1970s into the 1990s.
He continued traveling and performing with David Amram, Ray Shiner, Daniel Pinkham, Herb Ellis, Will Alger, Jack Mayhue, Speigle Wilcox, Mimi Hines, Phil Ford, Bob Darch, Pearl Kaufman and Arthur Duncan.
In 1996 Danny moved to Nashville, Tennessee and has lived there ever since. Danny has recorded extensively in Nashville, New York and L.A. and has appeared in over 100 countries. He has played on over 100 recordings, one of which won a Grammy in 2005.
After moving to Tennessee, Danny joined the Jack Daniel’s Silver Cornet Band for 5 years and helped found the Titan Hot Seven. During this time he played and recorded with Dick Hyman, Houston Person, Bob Wilber, Johnny Varro, Jeff Coffin, Tim Laughlin, Harry Allen, Dave Hungate, Bill Allred, John Allred, Randy Reinhart, Ron Hockett, John Cocuzzi, John Sheridan, Dan Barrett, Vince Giordano, Rebecca Kilgore, Ken Peplowski, Duke Heitger, Neville Dickie, Bob Shultz, Nicki Parrott, Bucky Pizzarelli, John Pizzarelli, Yve Evans, Chuck Hedges, Warren Vache and Allen Vache to name a few.
Jeff Barnhart is an internationally renowned pianist, vocalist, arranger, bandleader, recording artist, composer, educator and entertainer. Jeff began his professional career at age 14 playing and entertaining four nights a week in a restaurant in his home state of Connecticut. Here he began to learn the classic swing, jazz and ragtime repertoire of the early 20th century. The 21st century has found Jeff constantly appearing as a soloist, guest artist and pianist at jazz parties, festivals, clubs and cruises throughout the world.
Dick Maley currently resides in Lakeland, FL near Orlando where he performs for the Walt Disney Company, as well as playing in many local jazz festivals. You can hear Dick performing with Wally’s Warehouse Waifs at many of the traditional jazz festivals across the USA and abroad. Dick also lead his 18-piece big band, The Dick Maley Jazz Orchestra,” in the Central FL region. He currently hosts the New Year’s Eve Gala at Safety Harbor Resort & Spa in Safety Harbor, FL.
The son of a jazz trombonist, Marc has been listening to classic jazz his entire life. A specialist in the jazz trumpet styles of the 1920’s and ‘30s, he also started a deep interest in jazz history when he began collecting records in his early teens. His first job in a jazz band was at the age of 15, and since then he has performed and recorded with many groups around the world. In 1999 he researched and produced the album ‘Music Of The Bolden Era’ for Stomp Off Records, recreating the music of Buddy Bolden’s band. He has also recorded with Hal Smith’s Rhythmakers, Narvin Kimball’s All Stars, Carl Sonny Leyland, Clint Baker’s New Orleans Jazz Band, the New El Dorado Jazz Band, the Reynolds Brothers, the High Sierra Jazz Band and Barbara Dane, as well as with his own groups and with his wife, vocalist Dawn Lambeth. Marc currently plays trumpet with the High Sierra Jazz Band, Carl Sonny Leyland’s House Party and the Ivory Club Boys. His goal is to carry on the traditions of the great early jazz trumpet players.
Steve Pikal has been playing music professionally for many years and is highly regarded as a first call bass player from the Minnesota twin cities area jazz scene.
He has had the pleasure of working with many top performers and bands over the years. Some of his credits include the Jim Cullum Jazz band, Butch Miles, Artie Shaw Orchestra, the Barbary Coast Dixieland Show band, Dick Hyman, Danny Coots, the Wolverines Big band, Butch Thompson, Hal Smith, John Cocuzzi, Jeff Barnhart, The Midiri Brothers, and the Bill Evans New Orleans Jazz band.
In addition to his in-depth study of classic bass playing, Sam has absorbed the nuances of classic jazz tuba, cornet, and guitar playing, and he regularly performs on those instruments as well. Quickly becoming one of the rising stars of the traditional jazz and gypsy swing circuit, Sam is known for his innate musicality and rhythm and for his inventive, melodic solos. While on tour, Sam plays a Chadwick Folding Bass with a hybrid set of gut and steel strings.
Naturally being a saxophonist first, the Jazz idiom is where Nate finds his home, with an emphasis on jazz from the 1920's to the 1950's. He has also performed with many popular bands on the jazz circuit such as the Reynolds Brothers, the Hot Club of San Francisco, Meschiya Lake and the Little Big Horns, and the Blue Street Jazz Band.
Andy Reiss plays guitar for the Time Jumpers, a Nashville-based Western swing band that is composed of session singers and musicians. During his youth in San Francisco, he played with several different types of bands. Following his graduation from high school, he toured with a show band. For the next 12 years, he performed as part of numerous groups that covered a range of styles, from show tunes to honky tonk. Two decades followed as a session musician in Nashville. Reiss contributed to numerous recordings, among them "Does He Love You" by Reba McEntire and Linda Davis and "Amazing Grace" by B.J. Thomas. Both records took home a Grammy Award.
Hailed by the press as one of the best concert pianists in the world, Frederick Hodges is sought after by today’s foremost orchestras, festivals, conductors, and collaborative musicians. His artistry, virtuosity and charisma have brought him to the world’s most renowned stages, leaving audiences around the globe captivated.
Classically trained as a concert pianist, Frederick Hodges has established a reputation as a truly versatile artist equally sought after as soloist, singer, guest soloist with the California Pops Orchestra, and dance band pianist with Don Neely’s Royal Society Jazz Orchestra. His extensive repertoire includes all the best ragtime, stride, and novelty piano solo pieces.
Frederick has participated in many prestigious festivals including in Sacramento Jazz Jubilee, the WestCoast Ragtime Festival, The Blind Boone Festival in Columbia Missouri, the Templeton Ragtime Festival at Mississippi State University, the El Segundo Ragtime Festival, and the Sedalia Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival.
Initially influenced by boogie woogie greats Albert Ammons, Pete Johnson & Meade 'Lux' Lewis, Leyland went on to fully explore the piano blues genre, becoming an authority on early & obscure styles such as those played by Cow Cow Davenport, Little Brother Montgomery, Montana Taylor & Speckled Red to name a few.
In 1997, feeling the need for a change, Leyland relocated to Southern California. He joined Big Sandy & His Flyrite Boys, the well known rockabilly & western swing group & toured with them for over three years.
By this time his repertoire had expanded to include ragtime & early jazz styles which enabled him to become part of the traditional jazz scene around Los Angeles & San Diego.
Paolo and Stephanie met at a piano festival in Boswil (near Zürich), Switzerland, in 2008 and started to collaborate on a four-hands piano project dedicated to classic jazz, preparing arrangements of songs from the swing era, as well as drawing from the ragtime and blues repertoire.
They have performed in a variety of venues in the United States and in Europe, including the Sacramento Music Festival; the West Coast Ragtime Festival in Sacramento; the Monterey Dixieland Jazz Festival, the San Diego Jazz Festival, the Kobe Jazz Street Festival in Kobe, Japan; the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland; the KIG Dixieland Festival in Dresden, Germany; the Ascona Jazz Festival in Ascona, Switzerland; the Bohém Ragtime & Jazz Festival in Kecskemét, Hungary; Teatro Dal Verme Milano, Jazzland Wien, Bülach Jazz Club, Jazz Bistro in Toronto, and other jazz clubs.