Jim Sellers is a virtuosic jazz pianist who has performed with many of today’s jazz luminaries, including Wynton Marsalis, Frank Catalano, Luba Mason, Spider Saloff, Bill Yancy (long-time bassist for Ella Fitzgerald), and many others. A staple of the Chicago jazz scene, Jim has performed at every major jazz venue in the metropolitan area over the last 25 years.
With wide-ranging versatility, Sellers has also performed for many theatrical and cabaret performances at such venues as The Park West, Victory Gardens, Royal George, Second City and Annoyance theaters, to name a few. His wide variety of musical influences includes everything from Count Basie to Bruce Hornsby. And he performs classical music on occasion.
Jim earned a Masters of Music degree in Jazz Studies from DePaul University and a Bachelor’s degree in music composition from Northern Illinois University. He has worked at The Bloom School of Jazz since 2000, teaching private piano lessons and accompanying Spider Saloff’s vocal jazz classes.
Jim’s CD releases include “Playin’” (2012) and “House Hour” (2000), both widely available.
Playin'is now available here as well as on iTunes, Amazon and CD Baby! Download the entire CD, or any individual track.
House Houris available here as well as on iTunes, Amazon and CD Baby! Download the entire CD, or purchase individual tracks.
Excerpts from e-mails received after Jim Sellers performances at private parties:
"Thank you very much for playing my party. You guys sounded great. You guys are my top choice for next year’s event and anything else I may do." – Mike W.
"I want to take a moment of your time to thank you and the others for the tremendous job you did at our wedding. You were a vital role in pulling off the quality wedding we dreamed of and did so quite well. We receive many, many compliments regarding the wedding and the quartet was specifically mentioned in quite a few of them.... I will whole heartedly recommend you and the guys based on the quality job you did for our very special day. It was a pleasure to meet you and deal with you." – Mike A.
“The band was to die for! THANK YOU. Many complements from ALL my guests! Thank you for everything! I will recommend you to all of my brides!" – Julia A.
“Thank you for doing such a phenomenal job at our wedding reception! I got so many comments about how great the music was and I certainly agree. You were so easy to work with, professional and affordable--I've already started recommending you to other people!” – Tovey and Rob
“You did a great job for us, and the first dance was absolutely fantastic. Thanks again for your help. Much appreciated.” – Mark Cison
“I just wanted to thank you again for doing such a great job at our wedding. Anya and I couldn't have been happier with your performance. Everyone in the band were a joy to be around. Again, I sincerely appreciate the time you spent preparing everything and especially the Schubert piece...we loved it.” – Kip & Anya M.
“…incredibly professional, warm and a general pleasure to be around.
“If I ever have a need for entertainment or know anyone in need in the future, you'll be the first person I contact.”