Cabaret Jazz featuring ANNIE SELLICK and PAT BERGERON Fri Apr 22nd 2016 at 8pm
Any show Annie Sellick appears in becomes an event. The perky, dreadlocked singer instantly connects to audiences with her engaging stage presence and her organic sincerity in delivering a song. The Nashville-based vocalist performs as a soloist and with several groups including the popular Hot Club of Nashville, but she gets to shine in a minimalist setting with the The Babbas, a duo Sellick formed with her acoustic guitar/harmonica playing husband Pat Bergeson.
Annie Sellick is a Nashville native, but it took her many years to appreciate the city’s country music legacy. Indeed, she became e a performer by accident after sitting in with a band sing the only two jazz standards she knew, “Fever” and “Over the Rainbow”. Audience response was so overwhelming that she was asked to join the band on the spot. She woodshedded songs and gigged at night while sharpening her craft through through the Nashville Jazz Workshop. She’s become one of the most in-demand jazz vocalists in Nashville, and has collaborated with many of Music City’s finest players in multiple genres. In addition to her distinctively person interpretations of cabaret classics and standards, her Babbas repertoire also includes soulful originals and some creative body percussion.
Illinois native Pat Bergeson moved to Nashville when the great Chet Atkins asked him to join his band. He’s since performed and recorded with respected artist like Lyle Lovett, Madeleine Peyroux , Suzy Boggus, Wynona Judd and many more. His expert acoustic jazz guitar stylings underpin The Babbas’ sound, but he’s equally adept on harmonica. Although he and Annie have collaborated on several projects, including the Hot Club, they’re finally getting around to recording a duo album.