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UNC's Sunset Jazz Series Archives

Spring 2013

The Music of David Caffey

Featuring the Colorado Jazz Orchestra

Thursday, February 21, 2013, 7pm
Panorama Lounge at the UNC Student Center
20th St and 10th Ave, Greeley, CO

The UNC Jazz Faculty Quartet

Thursday, January 31st, 2013, 7pm
Panorama Lounge at the UNC Student Center
20th St and 10th Ave, Greeley, CO


Fall 2012

Peter Bernstein, Guitar

Appearing with the UNC Jazz Faculty Quartet

Thursday, September 27th, 2012, 7pm
Panorama Lounge at the UNC Student Center
20th St and 10th Ave, Greeley, CO


Spring 2010

Mundell Lowe, guitar and Jim Ferguson, bass/voiceferguson

Appearing with UNC Jazz Faculty

Thursday, February 4, 2010, 7pm
Panorama Lounge at the UNC Student Center
20th St and 10th Ave, Greeley, CO

Mundell Lowe is one of the most distinctive jazz guitarists of all time. His career began on Bourbon Street in New Orleans, but after serving in World War II, he met John Hammond, who introduced him to Ray McKinley. His list of credits only continued to grow from there. It includes recordings and performances with artists like Peggy Lee, Betty Carter, Carmen McRae, Sarah Vaughn, John Hammond, Hank Jones, Ray McKinley, Lester Young, Charlie Parker, Helen Humes, and Charles Mingus.

loweLowe’s success can be accredited to his guitar playing, but also to his work as a composer. Lowe’s compositions are played by groups all over the country, and are considerably some of the great jazz standards. His current schedule includes tours with Ron Carter, Al Foster, Bill Mays, and Ray Drummond, while he also maintains tours with the Andre Previn Trio and the Great Guitars (Charlie Byrd, herb Ellis, and Tal Farlow).

Singer and bassist Jim Ferguson exposes jazz as the most beautiful and raw art form, with his lyrical ability and attention to melody. He studied voice at the University of South Carolina, where he simultaneously began bass lessons and performances by influence of a colleague. He holds a Master of Music degree with an emphasis in Jazz Performance from the same university, and has performed with a variety of jazz artists. His recordings and performances include jazz musicians like Teddy Wilson, Kenny Burrell, Phineas Newborn Jr., Jimmy Raney, Martin Taylor, Al Jarreau, Bob Dorough, and many others.

Jim currently teaches jazz voice and double bass at Middle Tennessee State University. He has a total of twenty years teaching experience at Middle Tennessee State University and Belmont University, and he has participated in numerous clinics and workshops nationally and internationally as both host and clinician.

Fall 2009

Vern Sielert sielert

Appearing with the Colorado Jazz Orchestra

Thursday September 17th at 7pm Panorama Lounge
UNC Student Center 20th St and 10th Ave, Greeley, CO

Vern Sielert is an active performer, composer, arranger, and teacher. He is currently the Assistant Professor of Trumpet and Jazz Studies at the University of Idaho, but has also served on the faculties of Baylor University, Illinois State University, and Milikin University. Sielert earned his BM and MM degrees in jazz studies and music education from the University of North Texas, and earned his DMA in trumpet performance from the University of Illinois. His performance resume includes artists like Rosemary Clooney, Freddie Hubbard, The Spinners, The O’Jays, Bobby Shew, Don Lanphere, Gerald Wilson, and many others.

Sielert’s compositions and arrangements have been featured across the country. The University of North Texas One O’Clock Lab Band has recorded several of his compositions and arrangements, and his work is constantly in demand for performances. He is also a regular clinician and adjudicator at festivals and conferences throughout the United States, including Washington Music Educators, MENC Northwest Division, University of Northern Colorado Greeley Jazz Festival, and the International Associate for Jazz Education.

Donald Brownbrown

Appearing with UNC Jazz Faculty

Thursday October 15th at 7pm
Stetson’s Lounge at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center
8th St and 8th Ave, Greeley, CO

Renowned jazz pianist Donald brown is known for his incredible talent and continuous contributions to jazz. Brown began his jazz career in Memphis, first as a drummer, and then studied trumpet at Memphis State University. Brown mastered piano during college, and he continues to strengthen his resume with many acclaimed performances and recordings. His work as a soloist and as an accompanist allowed him to play with the likes of jazz-greats Donald Byrd, Art Farmer, Freddie Hubbard, Milt Jackson, Toots Thielemans, Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis, Johnny Griffin, and Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. He is now known as one of the Memphis Three; which includes legendary jazz pianists James Williams and Mulgrew Miller

Brown’s other contributions to jazz include composing, arranging, and teaching. He is currently a Jazz Studies professor at the University of Tennessee Knoxville, and continues to perform, present clinics, and record. His original compositions have been Grammy-nominated, and are constantly recorded by jazz artists worldwide. Donald Brown upholds the roots of the jazz piano art form through time. His playing can be traced not only through the Memphis area, but it is reminiscent of the entire history of jazz piano—from Bud Powell to Ahmad Jamal.

2008- 2009 Series

Clay Jenkins with the UNC Jazz Faculty Triojenkins
Thursday, April 2, 2009

Clay Jenkins' career as a jazz artist has covered a wide range of musical
experiences and responsibilities, bringing him to the forefront of the jazz
performing and teaching arenas. Hailed as one of today’s finest modern jazz
trumpeters, Jenkins is a charter member of the acclaimed Clayton-Hamilton
Jazz Orchestra and has toured or recorded with the Stan Kenton Orchestra,
the Count Basie Orchestra, Buddy Rich, Milt Jackson, Harold Danko, Billy
Harper, Lyle Mays, Peter Erskine, Ray Brown, Dr. John, Bob Sheppard, Jim
Widner, Eric Reed, Gary Hobbs, Bill Perkins, Joe La Barbera, Pat La Barbera,
Bill Cunliffe, Billy Childs, Steve Houghton, Lennie Niehaus, Ernestine
Anderson, Kurt Elling, and Miki Coltrane. Jenkin's solo recordings include
Rings, Give and Gather, Yellow Flowers After, Azure Eyes, and Matters of
Time. Additionally, his ensemble with co-leader Kim Richmond has released
three recordings: Range, Look at the Time, and Crossweave. A respected
educator, Clay Jenkins is a member of the jazz faculty at the Eastman School
of Music. For this concert, Clay will be joined by the UNC Jazz Faculty
Trio, including members Dana Landry (piano), Erik Applegate (bass), and Jim
White (drums).

2008- 2009 Series

Colorado Jazz Orchestra
Thursday, February 5, 2009

The Colorado Jazz Orchestra will perform at this season’s third installment of the University of Northern Colorado Sunset Jazz Artist Series in Greeley. The concert will be held at 7:00pm, Thursday, February 5, 2009, in the Plaza Ballroom of the Regency Hotel (701 8th Street, Greeley, CO 80631) in downtown Greeley. Admission is $8 for the general public, free for UNC students and faculty/staff with ID, $5 for non-UNC students or faculty/staff with ID, and $5 for seniors. Tickets are available at the door only; reservations are not necessary. More information is available at 970-351-2394 or at

The Colorado Jazz Orchestra (CJO) is a professional big band based in Greeley. The CJO was formed by pianist Dana Landry, drummer Jim White, and conductor/composer David Caffey (all from the faculty of the UNC School of Music) to present the best in contemporary and classic big band music. This performance will feature original compositions by many of the Colorado Jazz Orchestra’s members and offer the unique opportunity for the band to individually feature many of its fine musicians

n addition to the leaders, the CJO features outstanding Colorado-based musicians, including Erik Applegate, Nat Wickham, Andy Dahlke, Rob Murray, John Davis, David Stamps, Wil Swindler, Kevin Whalen, Scott Meredith, Gary Mayne, Rob Borger, Toshi Chun, Nick Frazee, Joel Nagel, Johan Eriksson, and Greg Johnson.

2008- 2009 Series

Bill Holman with UNC Jazz Lab Band Iholman
Thursday, October 16, 2008

Grammy award-winning composer, Bill Holman, was born Willis Leonard Holman on May 21, 1927 in Olive, CA, near Santa Ana. He took up clarinet in junior high school and tenor saxophone in high school by which time he was leading his own band. After serving in the Navy and studying engineering, he decided in the late '40s that he wanted to write big band music and studied for a while at the Westlake College of Music in Los Angeles.

In 1952 he began his association with Stan Kenton, for whom he wrote and played for many years. During the '50s, he was also active in the West Coast jazz movement, playing in small bands led by Shorty Rogers and Shelly Manne, and co-leading a quintet with Mel Lewis in 1958. In the 60s, he widened his writing associations, and eventually contributed pieces to libraries and recordings of bands led by Louie Bellson, Count Basie, Terry Gibbs, Woody Herman, Bob Brookmeyer, Buddy Rich, Gerry Mulligan, Doc Severinsen and others. His arrangement of "Take The 'A" Train" for Severinsen's "Tonight Show Orchestra" earned Holman a Best Instrumental Grammy in 1987.

Holman started The Bill Holman Band in 1975 and since 1980, Holman has been increasingly active in Europe, writing, conducting and playing lengthy works for the West German Radio Orchestra in Cologne, Germany, and the Metropole Orchestra in Holland, that feature such soloists as Phil Woods, Sal Nestico and Lee Konitz.

2008- 2009 Series

Dana Landry Trio

 Dana Landry, piano 
Erik Applegate, bass 
Jim White, drums
Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Panorama Lounge at the University Center
(Corner of 11th Avenue and 20th Street – UNC Campus)
7:00 PM

$8.00 General Public/$5.00 for non-UNC Students
Free for UNC students, faculty and staff with I.D.

2007- 2008 Series

Eddie Daniels with The UNC Jazz Faculty Trio
Thursday, April 3, 2008

Eddie first came to the attention of the jazz audience as a tenor saxophonist with the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra. When Thad and Mel first organized their band in 1966 to play Monday nights at the Village Vanguard in New York, Eddie was one of the first musicians they called. Later that year, he sank $400 into a roundtrip flight to enter the International Competition for Modern Jazz, a contest organized by pianist Fredrich Gulda and sponsored by the city of Vienna, and won first prize on saxophone. He continued working with Thad and Mel over the next several years and toured Europe extensively with them.

A single clarinet solo recorded with the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra, "Live at the Village Vanguard" garnered sufficient attention for him to win Downbeat Magazine's International Critics New Star on Clarinet Award. This conversion to clarinet was not new, for Eddie began clarinet at age 13 and received his Masters in Clarinet from Juilliard. Winning numerous Grammy Awards and nominations, Eddie Daniels revolutionized the blend of jazz and classical.

Eddie Daniels is clearly a renaissance musician, a virtuoso in both jazz and classical music, recipient of unreserved accolades from his peers, from critics, and from the public. Eddie's overriding ambition is to reach as many people as possible with his music, to enlarge the audience for both jazz and classical music and at the same time to tear down the walls separating them. In Eddie's hands, the music of Mozart can be as engaging as that of Charlie Parker and a concert featuring both can be a uniquely rewarding experience for the audience.

2007- 2008 Series

Steve Wilson with the Colorado Jazz Orchestrawilson
Thursday, February 28, 2008

A native of Hampton, Virginia, Wilson began his formal training at age 12. Playing saxophone, oboe, and drums in school bands, he also played in various R&B and funk bands throughout his teens. He then decided to major in music ar Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, affording him opportunities to perform and/or study with Jimmy and Percy Heath, Jon Hendricks, Jaki Byard, John hicks, Frank Foster and Ellis Marsalis. In 1986, he landed a chair with O. T. B. (Out of the Blue), a sextet of promising young players recording on Blue Note Records. In 1987, he moved to New York and the following year toured the US and Europe with Lionel Hampton. Becoming a first-call choice for veteran and emerging artists alike, Wilson was the subject of a New York Times profile "A Sideman's Life," highlighting his work with Ralph Peterson, Jr., Michele Rosewoman, Renee Rosnes, Marvin "Smitty" Smith, Joanne Brackeen, The American Jazz Orchestra, The Mingus Big Band, The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, Leon Parker, and Buster Williams' Quintet "Something More." In 1996, he joined the acclaimed Dave Holland Quintet, and from 1998-2001 he was a member of Chick Corea's Grammy winning sextet, "Origin."

Wilson continues to tour with the Steve Wilson Quartet and Generations. He performs in duo with his long-time friend and colleague, Lewis Nash, in Musical Dialogue with Lewis Nash and Steve Wilson. He is also a touring member of the Grammy winning Maria Schneider Orchestra, The Buster Williams Quartet, and Mulgrew Miller's Wingspan, and is on the faculty at The Manhattan School of Music, SUNY Purchase, and Columbia University

2007- 2008 Series

Ingrid Jensen with The UNC Jazz Faculty Triojensen
Thursday, October 11, 2007

Born in Vancouver and raised in Nanaimo, Canada, Ingrid headed east after receiving a number of scholarships to attend the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Since graduating in 1989, her life has contained a whirlwind of musical activities. From her early days playing in the subways of New York, to establishing herself as a leader and soloist in a wide array of musical genres, Ingrid has made her mark. Her three CD's for the ENJA label won her nominations from the Canadian Juno Awards, including an award in 1995 for Vernal Fields.

Her performances as a leader and as a featured soloist have taken her around the world from Canada to Japan, Australia, South America, the Caribbean and to almost every country in Europe and Scandinavia.

Jensen can be heard with the Maria Schneider Orchestra, the IJQ. Nordic Connect and a number of New York-based bands. She has received rave reviews and a strong reputation among critics and peers. In 2003 she was nominated, for the second time, alongside trumpeter Dave Douglas for a Jazz Journalist Association Award in New York. A recent highlight was being featured on Gil Evans' Porgy and Bess at the San Francisco Jazz Festival, under the direction of Maria Schneider. She was also a guest in the festival's "Tribute to Woody Shaw and Freddie Hubbard," alongside Terence Blanchard, Eddie Henderson, Bobby Hutcherson and Kenny Garrett. Some of the many musicians she has performed and/or recorded with include: Steve Wilson, Jeff 'Tain' Watts, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Marc Copland, Bob Berg, Gary Thomas, Gary Bartz, Jeff Hamilton, Bill Stewart, Terri-Lynn Carrington, Geoffrey Keezer, Billy Hart, George Garzone, Chris Conner, Victor Lewis, Clark Terry, and the DIVA Big Band.

Ingrid has been on staff at the Port Townsend Centrum Jazz Workshop for the past five years and from 1990 until 1992 held the Professor of Jazz Trumpet chair at Bruckner Conservatory of Music. Jensen continues to fill her schedule with an astonishing array of artistic creativity as a performer and educator. In addition to performing, she conducts masterclasses, clinics, and workshops around the world.

2007- 2008 Series

Colorado Jazz Orchestra inaugurates series
Thursday, September 13, 2007

The Colorado Jazz Orchestra launches its performance calendar this Fall 2007 at the first Sunset Jazz Series Concert of the year. The Orchestra features some of the finest musicians including the University of Northern Colorado faculty and guests. For more details, please visit soon.

2006- 2007 Series

George Garzone with The UNC Jazz Faculty Triogarzone
Thursday, March 8, 2007

Tradition and experimentation are not only united in the way Garzone teaches, they are bound up in his own career as a creative artist as well. Growing up in a musical family, Garzone started playing at an early age, and by his mid-teens, it was clear he had a special talent. His uncle, Rocco Spada, contacted the legendary Berklee woodwind teacher Joe Viola, with whom he'd worked in local dance orchestras, to see if he'd take his nephew as a student. The late Viola, who was the first person Berklee founder Lawrence Berk hired to teach at his music school in 1945, took the teenaged Garzone under his wing.

"I stayed with him from high school until I graduated," he says, "and I really want people to know that he's responsible for the way I play. He was really magic. What I learned from him the most, was how to be natural."

After graduating from Berklee, where his classmates included saxophonist Joe Lovano (currently the Gary Burton Professor of Jazz Studies at Berklee) and pianist Kenny Werner, Garzone spent time on the road briefly with Woody Herman as well as pop singer Tom Jones, before settling down in Boston. In 1975, he cofounded The Fringe, an avant-garde jazz trio that today includes founding drummer Bob Guilotti and bassist John Lockwood. The band's Monday night gigs at a succession of Boston-area clubs (most recently at the Lizard Lounge in Cambridge) are part of the city's jazz lore. The gigs have also been a real world learning and listening experience for countless Berklee students. Although best know for his work in The Fringe, Garzone prides himself on being able to fit into any musical setting. "It's not like I play free. I can play bebop; I'm just not into it as my own thing. I've played with Lovano's nonet and The Fringe."

2006- 2007 Series

Colorado Jazz Orchestra with Ed Soph
Friday, February 2, 2007

Ed Soph is an Associate Professor in the Jazz Studies and Performance Divisions of the College of Music at the University of North Texas. He teaches applied drumset students, the Rhythm Section Master Class, and coordinates the Summer Drumset Workshop. His touring and recording work includes the groups of Stan Kenton, Bill Watrous, Woody Herman, Clark Terry, Joe Henderson, Marvin Stamm, Dave Liebman, and Stefan Karlsson. He is the author of a video, THE DRUMSET: A MUSICAL APPROACH (Warner Bros.) and a DVD, MUSICAL TIME (Carl Fischer). His books include THE BIG BAND PRIMER (RonJon Publishers), ESSENTIAL TECHNIQUES (Meredith Music), and MUSICAL TIME (Carl Fischer). Ed is an artist clinician for the Yamaha Corporation of America, the Avedis Zildjian Company, Evans drum heads, and Innovative Percussion drum sticks and mallet.

2006- 2007 Series

Colorado Jazz Orchestra with Paul McKee
Thursday, November 9, 2006

Trombonist Paul McKee received the Bachelor of Music in music education degree from the University of Northern Iowa and the Master of Music degree in composition from the University of Texas at Austin. Since 1984, he has been a member of Woody Herman’s Thundering Herd and continues to tour and record with the band. In addition to making frequent appearances as a guest artist and clinician, Paul has served on the jazz faculty at DePaul University, Northern Illinois University, Youngstown State University and is currently a member of the jazz faculty at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music. His compositions and arrangements have been performed and recorded by academic and professional jazz ensembles worldwide. Paul’s recent recording, Gallery, was released to critical acclaim on the Chicago-based Hallway Records label, and features special guests Carl Fontana, Bobby Shew, Tim Ries and Ron Stout. Paul is a clinician for C.G. Conn and plays King trombones.

2006- 2007 Series

Colorado Jazz Orchestra inaugurates series
Thursday, September 21, 2006

The Colorado Jazz Orchestra launches its performance calendar this Fall 2006 at the first Sunset Jazz Series Concert of the year. The Orchestra features some of the finest musicians including the University of Northern Colorado faculty and guests. For more details, please visit soon.

2005- 2006 Series

The Jeff Hamilton Trio
Jeff Hamilton, Drums 
Tamir Hendelman, Piano 
Christoph Luty, Bass
Friday, April 7, 2006

Educational Workshop
11:30 AM in Frasier Hall Room 90
Free and open to all

Panorama Lounge at the University Center
(Corner of 11th Avenue and 20th Street - UNC Campus)
7:00 PM

$7.00 General Public/$5.00 for non-UNC Students
Free for UNC students, faculty and staff with I.D.
Tickets at the door only; no reservations are accepted

Originality is what versatile drummer Jeff Hamilton brings to the groups he performs with and is one of the reasons why he is constantly in demand, whether he is recording or performing with his trio, Oscar Peterson, Ray Brown, the Clayton Brothers or co-leading the Clayton/Hamilton Jazz Orchestra. Jeff's recording, It's Hamilton Time (Lake Street Records), received enormous airplay while reaching #5 on the Gavin national jazz radio chart. His trio's second release, Jeff Hamilton Trio-LIVE! (MONS) was nominated by critics for best jazz recording in Germany in 1997. The trio's second MONS release is entitled, Hands On . Hamilton House-Live at Steamers (MONS) is the trio's 2000 release. As well as recording and performing throughout the world, Jeff also teaches, arranges and composes. Greg Abate has the ability to astound, soothe and replenish all who dig jazz

2005- 2006 Series

Greg Abateabate
Monday, March 20, 2006

The veteran, known globally as the ‘prince of bebop,’ takes nothing for granted. Work is a constant – always has been and will be.

Twenty-five years ago, as a prolific writer and young turk, Abate was searching for his musical voice and identity. “I JUST WANT TO GET INTO THE PERFECTION OF FEELING GOOD.” HE SAID.

Today, the search goes on. “But I’m getting there. At that time, my ideas were coming out faster than I could play them and I wasn’t in the same synchronization of timing and pulse. Music should come out instantaneously. If you think about the notes, then it becomes subconscious and you stumble.

“I feel good about my playing now. But to be good, not even great, you have to practice and work a lot. If you don’t do that, then it becomes hit or miss.”

2005- 2006 Series

Deborah Brownbrown
Wednesday, March 8, 2006

Brown has received critical and popular acclaim throughout the world, and
especially in Europe where she is well recognized and in high demand as a
major jazz artist. She is known as a superb interpreter of lyrics as well as
a gifted improviser. Her voice is brilliant, strong, clear, and above all,
inviting. Deborah has recorded 11 albums as a leader, has been featured on
numerous other recordings, and has performed with the likes of Cedar Walton,
Johnny Griffin, Michelle LeGrand, "Toots" Thielemans, Harry "Sweets" Edison,
Bobby Shew, Roy Hargrove, and many others. For many years, she co-led the
group JAZZ 4 JAZZ that featured pianist Horace Parlan, Red Mitchell on bass,
and drum wizard Ed Thigpen.

"It's a bit ironic and a real shame,' explains Dana Landry, UNC's Director
of Jazz Studies, 'That since Deborah was embraced so strongly by overseas
audiences and artists, she's not as well known in her native country (the
US) as she deserves to be."

For this concert, Deborah will be joined by UNC faculty members Dana Landry
(piano), Erik Applegate (bass), and Jim White (drums).

2005 - 2006 Series

Dick Oattsoatts
Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Born and raised in the state of Iowa, Dick Oatts was brought up in a musical family. He was introduced to the saxophone by his father Jack Oatts, a respected jazz educator and saxophonist. After high school, Dick attended Drake University and in 1972 he began his professional career in Minneapolis/St. Paul.

It was 1977 when Oatts decided to move to New York City. He then became a member if the Thad Jones - Mel Lewis Orchestra. Since then he has recorded and toured with small groups such as Red Rodney, Eddie Gomez, Vic Juric, Bob Brookmeyer, Mel Lewis, Dom Salvador, Jerry Bergonzi, Flim & the BB's, Fred Hersch, Dave Berkman, Terell Stafford, Jon Faddis, Lalo Schiffrin, and Ray Mantilla.

His big band and larger group experience include performances with the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Mel Lewis, Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, Lester Bowie, Joe Lovano, Sam Jones-Tom Harrell, Paquito D'Rivera, Jim McNeely, Tito Puente, Kenny Wheeler, and Gunther Schuller. Oatts has also been featured with the Stockholm Jazz Orchestra, Danish Radio Big Band, Norboton Jazz Orchestra, and the UMO Big Band in Helsinki. He has accompanied such vocalists as Joe Williams, Sarah Vaughn, Ella Fitzgerald, Neene Freelon, Mel Torme, and Milton Nascimento. He has recorded solos for pop artists Luther Vandross, James Taylor, and Everything But the Girl.

Oatts is now a Steeplechase recording artist and has five Cd's released as a leader. (All of Three, Standard Issue, Simone's Dance, Standard Issue vol. 2, South Paw). He also has a new CD out on the RED label with bassist Dave Santoro entitled Meru. Dick has 3 Cd's as a leader on the DMP label with pianist and a co-leader Garry Dial.

For 30 years, Mr. Oatts has appeared at college jazz festivals as a soloist and clinician throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, Canada, South America, and the Middle East. Oatts has been on the Manhattan School of Music Faculty since 1989 and an artist-in-residence at the Amsterdam Conservatory since 1997.

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Scott Wendholt
Thursday, September 22, 2005

Scott Wendholdt, a respected New York city jazz trumpeter, will perform at the first concert of UNC's Sunset jazz Series. Wendholt, a native of Denver, is known as a passionate and lyrical musician and has appeared on over 30 recordings under this name and as a sideman. Wendholt's recording Beyond Thursday earned a four-star rating in Downbeat Magazine. He has performed with many top-notch jazz artists including Kenny Garrett, Vincent Herring, the Carnegie Hall Jazz Orchestra, and the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. Critics have called him "especially impressive" (Paul Ferguson, Jazz Player Magazine) and have said he "might just be the best young trumpeter you never heard, a musician's secret." (Neil Tesser, Chicago Reader).