Led by trumpeter Alex Nguyen, the JCO features an amazingly talented group of fantastic players. The arrangements feature wonderfully orchestrated versions of classic jazz material, as well as originals, played by a fine-tuned ensemble with first rate soloists. If their recent gig at New York’s Iridium jazz club was any indication, the response to the JCO has been overwhelmingly supportive and I can see why they are getting rave reviews.
— Danny Gottlieb
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The Jazz Conceptions Orchestra with Annie Sellick at Iridium in New York.

The Jazz Conceptions Orchestra with Annie Sellick at Iridium in New York.

The Jazz Conceptions Orchestra is a nine-piece collective of performers, composers and arrangers, devoted to performing a wide spectrum of music within jazz and beyond. Rooted in swing, while following the evolution of jazz, their extensive repertoire draws from members’ original compositions, adaptations of masterworks of jazz greats, and new original arrangements of standards. 

First a testing ground for members’ personal projects, the JCO quickly gained critical acclaim playing to packed houses for regular gigs at Kokopelli’s Jazz Club in Savannah, Georgia. The group’s collaborations with Nashville vocalist Annie Sellick have been highly praised, with Sellick noted as “a perfect complement to the band’s versatile and intricate arrangements.”  The band has played concert series, festivals and clubs, including repeat engagements at Iridium Jazz Club, performances which have also been met with considerable praise. The JCO's self-titled debut album has received enthusiastic response from national and international critics. 

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All About Jazz - Alex Nguyen's Jazz Conceptions Orchestra Meets Annie Sellick

Cabaret Exchange Review of The Jazz Conceptions Orchestra at Iridium Jazz Club

Great arranging, superb solos, and a deep understanding of jazz style ... This group proves that jazz is alive and thriving in our next generation of great players.
— Mark Nemoytan, ITG Journal
A group of young musicians who recreate, reinvent, restructure, and reformulate standards on a high level, resulting in some very interesting ensemble moments that demonstrate subtlety in both arranging and original composition.
— Ivo Martin, Radio Universitaria do Minho, Portugal

Vocalist Annie Sellick


Vocalist Annie Sellick might be the best known jazz singer out of her hometown, Nashville, TN. But don’t let her southern drawl, as sweet as biscuits n’ honey, cause you to make assumptions, because there is nothing shy or demure about Ms.Sellick's control - of the stage, the music, her sound, and heraudience. She has an innate ability to make everyone in the room feel like she is performing just for them. A knack for rhythm, hard-swing, phrasing and enlivening a lyric has put her on the stage or in the studio with luminaries such as Joey DeFrancesco, Gerald Clayton, Jeff Hamilton, Mark O'Connor, Bela Fleck, Tommy Emmanuel, and Akira Tana to name a few.

Annie Sellick is very much a jazz singer who focuses on the music, but she is also a storyteller and her rendition of emotionally complex songs is masterful…she is also a stunning visual performer.
— Roger Crane, The L.A. Jazz Scene
Annie Sellick has the most pleasing standards voice I’ve heard in a long time.
— Tom Hull, The Village Voice

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