Ronnie Wells

Ronnie Wells

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Biography

Ms. Ronnie Wells
(Jazz Vocalist/Clinician/Instructor)

Ms. Ronnie Wells, a Washington, DC-based jazz vocalist, began singing professionally in the mid-60¡¦s. In addition to several television station appearances, she has shared the stage with internationally-known jazz artists such as Billy Ekstine, Dr. Lonnie Liston Smith, Oscar Brown, Jr., Dexter Gordon, Ernie Andrews, Jimmy Witherspoon, Dorothy Donegan and Houston Person, to name a few.

Ms. Wells has performed on several occasions with the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra, the U.S. Airmen of note and the U.S. Navy Commodores Orchestra, and appeared at the Kennedy Center, Smithsonian Institution, and numerous other concert halls and nightclubs here and abroad. In 1992, she had a standing engagement at Blackbeard¡¦s Castle (St. Thomas USVI), where she appeared semi-annually for five years and was voted the best jazz vocalist in 1993.

She has been a frequent performer at U.S. and international jazz festivals. At home, Ms. Wells has sung at musical gatherings such as the Central Pennsylvania, Boston Globe and Pittsburgh Jazz Festivals. She has performed at many jazz festivals and nightclubs abroad, including in South America, Holland, Switzerland, France, Norway, Brazil and northward to Montreal.

Ms. Wells has recorded with the Widespread Jazz Orchestra on the CBS/Columbia Records label. She also has numerous recordings on the Jazz Karma Records label, as well as several other independent labels.

From 1983 to 2002, Ms. Wells was Assistant Professor to the University of Maryland¡¦s Department of Music where she taught jazz vocal techniques under a Jazz Vocal Program that she designed, developed and implemented at the University. Her teaching experience at the University, as well as through her private studio (Elliston Music Studio for Jazz Studies that she co-directs with her husband, Ron Elliston), coupled with her experience in conducting Jazz Seminars at many educational institutions throughout the country, make her a much sought after adjudicator at competitions, including The Billie Holiday Competition (Baltimore, MD), The Maryland Educator¡¦s Competition (College Park, MD), the Jazz Program for the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (Harrisburg, PA), and the American Traditional Competition (Savannah, GA).

In 1991, Ms. Wells founded, and is President and Director of, The Fish Middleton Jazz Scholarship Fund, Inc. (FMJS), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, which grants scholarships to emerging jazz artists, facilitates in-school programs on Jazz History, musicianship and vocal and instrumental techniques; and presents quarterly jazz concerts and The Annual East Coast Jazz Festival. Her expertise in concert and festival management and production led to her appointment as Festival Director for the first African-American Arts Festival 1996 presented by the University of Maryland College Park (Maryland).

Contact: (301) 933 4346 jazzkarma@earthlink.net www.dcjazz.com

Discography

Brothers in Blue Featuring The Airmen of Note

The Gift

Remnants Volume One, Two & Three

A Page Of Ellington with Nathen Page

Paris Blues (With The Widespread Jazz Orchestra)

First Edition: Reggie Johnson

End of A Love Affair

For You, For Me, Forevermore

After The Lights Go Down Low

Live At Montpelier 1991

Make Me A Present Of You (Xmas Recording)

After You (Live at Montpelier 1994)

Mostly Ballads (Special Guest Houston Person)

Here I Am

Ronnie Wells In Concert (Live at Montpelier 1999)

Ronnie Wells Live at the 10th Annual East Coast Jazz Festival (Special Guests Ernie Andrews, Keter Betts and Houston Person)

A Very Precious Love