Movement III: Michael Jellick (Solo Piano) Promise and Perseverance, Composer: Michael Jellick
Born in New Delhi, India, and raised in Detroit, MI, Michael L. Jellick has become a
mainstay on the Detroit Jazz scene and beyond. A well sought-after pianist, he started
playing classical piano at a very young age and fell in love with jazz in high school.
Michael has had the pleasure of playing, touring, and/or recording with such greats as
Bobby McFerrin, Christian McBride, Common, Sheila Jordan, Ingrid Jensen, Marcus
Belgrave, Rodney Whitaker, Karriem Riggins, James Carter, Dwight Adams, Sean Jones,
as well as a versatile array of other notable (Detroit) artists.
His weekly Wednesday night jam with his trio at Detroit’s Northern Lights Lounge since
2011 has become a vibrant hub for seasoned professionals and aspiring musicians alike.
When not playing/performing with his own or other groups, he is often found immersed
in his equal love of composing, arranging, and teaching master classes across the US.
One of the albums you can find Michael on is the Blue Note Records release,
Detroit Jazz City – an album that opens a window onto, and celebrates Detroit’s jazz
legacy past and present.
“… you never know what’ll jump out of his imagination. He’s apt to attach a colorful prelude
to a familiar jazz standard or kick the tempo in the ass on a moment’s notice. … Jellick gives
every note that he plays breathing room,…” – Charles L. Latimer (Metrotimes)
Michael Jellick’s Sextet featuring tap dancer Claudia Rahardjanoto will be playing the
2020 Detroit Jazz Festival on Sunday, September 6th, 2020 at 11pm