Jeremy Wendelin Group

Jeremy Wendelin Group

BandJazz

The JW Quartet plays with the spirit of classic jazz. This group is built around the interplay of musicians, creating fun, intricate, playful, and beautiful music. We make old standards new again, reclaim fusion and pop tunes with a classic sound, and create original compositions.

Biography

Jeremy Wendelin has been a freelance musician in the Denver area since 2000, when he received his M.Ed from the University of Puget Sound. While at Puget Sound, he won that school's Concerto/Aria Competition, performed Ibert's Concertino da Camera and Creston's Concerto for Alto Saxophone, founded a jazz combo, and played with guest artists from Ray Brown to Poncho Sanchez to Art Farmer. Since returning to the Denver area, Jeremy has performed in a variety of settings and styles, including rock, funk, reggae, salsa, and musical theater. However, the core of his work has always been jazz and classical music.

Since 2001, Jeremy has led his jazz groups at clubs, festivals, concerts, and events. In addition, he frequently plays with other small groups and big bands. He has performed at many prominent Denver-area jazz clubs and throughout Colorado at festivals and concerts. In 2008, he was featured on David Ackerman's The Jazz Player with the Jefferson Symphony Orchestra. In his own groups, Jeremy strikes a balance between solo contributions and outstanding arrangements to create a group sound that is greater than the sum of its parts.

As a classical player, Jeremy has been active with area ensembles and as a soloist. He has performed with several Denver-area orchestras and with the Colorado Wind Ensemble. He has also appeared with chamber groups and as a soloist, playing the classical repertoire for saxophone from Bach & Handel to the 21st century.

Throughout his career, Jeremy has arranged and composed for his groups. He has written for big bands and small ensembles, and his jazz compositions have been included in the Colorado Wind Ensemble's chamber concert series. His original compositions and arrangements also provide new material for his quartet and other groups.

The Jeremy Wendelin Quartet is an extraordinary musical group, created to play the kind of jazz that audiences love to hear — jazz that is melodic and adventurous at the same time. From the classic jazz of Brubeck and Coltrane to reinterpretations of fusion and funk; from timeless tunes to originals; from free improvisation to elaborate arrangements, the music is entertaining and exciting. It challenges artists and inspires listeners.

The quartet is composed of four outstanding improvisers who create playful, intricate, even passionate solos. But the Jeremy Wendelin Quartet is more than just a collection of soloists. This group plays songs and arrangements that frame the individual contributions, tell a larger story, and draw the audience into its musical world.

Set List

Standards

Ain’t Misbehavin
All of Me
All the Things You Are
Autumn Leaves
Body & Soul
Bye Bye Blackbird
Cherokee
Harlem Nocturne
Have You Met Miss Jones
Lullaby of the Leaves
My Funny Valentine
My One and Only Love
Night and Day
A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square
Satin Doll
Someday My Prince Will Come
Somewhere
Speak Low
Summertime
There Will Never Be Another You
Unforgettable
What Is This Thing Called Love

Classic Jazz

Afternoon in Paris
Bernie’s Tune
Blue Rondo a la Turk
Blue Trane
Boplicity
Ceora
Chelsea Bridge
Confirmation
Donna Lee
Four
Giant Steps
Hallucinations
In Your Own Sweet Way
It Don’t Mean a Thing
It’s a Raggy Waltz
I’ve Got it Bad
Jitterbug Waltz
Jordu
Joshua
Line For Lyons
Ornithology
Quintessence
Recorda-me
Round Midnight
Seven Steps to Heaven
So What
Spain
Speak No Evil
Stompin’ at the Savoy
Strollin’
Take Five
Take the “A” Train
Three to Get Ready
Turn Out the Stars
Very Early
Waltz for Debbie