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Sellers grew up in Arizona with three other siblings, Jenni, Jacki, and Jeff and graduated from Arizona State University. He freelanced for years in New York City and Los Angeles and was Assistant Professor of Jazz Studies at Northern Illinois University. Joey Sellers is currently (2013) Director of Jazz Studies at Saddleback College, California, and teaches improvisation, jazz ensembles, composition, and jazz history.
Joey mainly focuses on jazz and classical. He has written music for the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Doc Severinsen, symphony orchestras in Tulsa, Long Beach, and San Antonio and several works commissioned by the St. Louis Brass.
Sellers also played and recorded with internationally recognized jazz musicians, including such notables as Dave Liebman, Joe LaBarbera, Bruce Fowler, Lew Tabackin, Kim Richmond, Allen Vizzutti, Conrad Herwig, Bobby Shew, Tony Malaby, Mike Formanek, Clay Jenkins, Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra and the Kenny Wheeler Large Ensemble.
Sellers has been the recipient of the Gil Evans Fellowship in Jazz Composition, the Sammy Nestico Award and, most recently, the Julius Hemphill Composition Award. He is the only artist in history to have received all three awards.
- Pedro Serôdio (November 2005). "Joey Sellers' Jazz Aggregation - El Payaso (Nine Winds, 2005)". Ventrilocution. Archived from the original on 2007-07-29. Retrieved 2006-07-22.
- "Finest Jazz Musicians are Showcased at ASU Jazz Week 2000". Arizona State University. Archived from the original on 2006-09-04. Retrieved 2006-07-22.
- Sellers biography, Saddleback College.
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