Bassist-of-choice for top-tier artists Benny Golson, Russell Malone, Monty Alexander and others, LUKE SELLICK is a compelling creative force on the New York jazz scene. Raised in the rich and eclectic musical climate of Winnipeg, Canada, Luke’s musical journey lead him to NYC where he attended The Juilliard School and was mentored by legendary bassist Ron Carter. He apprenticed musically with pianist Johnny O’Neal, performing weekly in classic NYC jazz clubs Smoke, Smalls, and Mezzrow.
Luke is currently based in Harlem, NYC and has recently appeared in concert with George Coleman, Ron Blake, Jimmy Greene, Alina Engibaryan, Monty Alexander, Benny Golson and many others. In addition to his busy touring schedule, Luke is active as a teacher and clinician, working with students in New York City public and private schools, various colleges, and can be heard regularly at his church in NYC, Redeemer Presbyterian. His debut album ALCHEMIST was released in March 2017 on the Cellar Live label, followed by his gospel-infused CHRISTMAS EP. His latest release, SMALL VACATION, is an acoustic duo with guitarist Andrew Renfroe.
Outside of his musical career, Luke’s passions include ice hockey, aerial photography, and disappearing into the Northern Ontario wilderness for extended periods of time. His musical philosophy is epitomized in the words of J.S. Bach, that “the end of all music is none other than glory of God and the refreshment of the spirit”.