Performing with a dynamic style rivaling a choreographed production, the UT Jazz Singers’ enthusiastic harmony delights audiences. Directed and accompanied by Wendel Werner, the Singers reflect his versatility and passion for music as reflected in their expressive and energetic renditions.
Under Werner’s direction, the UT Jazz Singers will perform at the Blount County Public Library on Tuesday, March 8, at 7 p.m.
Since 2001, Werner has been directing the Singers, applying his own unique brand of professionalism to the Singers’ repertoire.
With a Master’s degree in choral conducting with an emphasis in musicology and a Bachelor’s in Studio Music and Jazz, Werner sought training in many areas, including classical piano and jazz piano, so that he can continuously have opportunities to both teach and perform.
He was named Composer of the Year by the Tennessee Piano Teachers Association, performing as the featured entertainer for the Special Olympics Opening Ceremonies and pianist for "Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy." Talented in most musical genres, Werner is a composer, director, recording artist, teacher and performer.
According to his website, www.wendelwerner.com : "Collaborating with jazz saxophone player, Terry Schmidt, Werner has released four recordings, including ‘Live at Lucille’s,’ and ‘Savannah Sleeps.’ The two have appeared as opening acts for the likes of Herbie Hancock, Tuck and Patti and Tony Bennett. In addition, he has also released four other albums, joining forces with singer Alan Eleazer."
Free and open to the public, the program is at the Blount County Public Library, located at 508 N. Cusick Street, Maryville.
For further information about other library programs or services, call the library at 982-0981 or visit the Web site at www.blountlibrary.org.