A Jazz Journey with three of Asheville’s top jazz performers

Wendy Jones

5:30PM

Wendy is a professional vocalist and recording artist who has been delivering smart and arresting performances to the mountains of Western NC and in the process has become one of the most popular artists in the region. She consistently receives accolades for her energetic and distinctive performances of gypsy jazz and modern jazz.
 
As a performer, Wendy has appeared on stages from Chicago to Tokyo and performed with artists such as NEA Jazz Master Jamey Aebersold, legendary jazz guitarist Howard Alden, Crystal Gale, and has sung backup for the alternative hip hop group Deltron 3030.  In Spring of 2017, she appeared at the JAZZ ROOM in Charlotte, NC with the Page Brothers for a tribute to Django Reinhardt.

In addition to singing regularly with the Page Brothers Gypsy Jazz Quartet, she performs with her own jazz quartet, and is the featured vocalist with the Asheville Jazz Orchestra.

Russ Wilson

5:30PM

Once in awhile someone comes along and adds something fresh and bright to the great songs of the past and Russ Wilson clearly has done this. Having heard Russ sing as well as heard his various bands, what sets this performer apart from so many others is that Russ is authentic. His voice can be intimate or he can fill the room with his wonderful and powerful voice. His vocal control is on par with the best performers of the past who made these songs what they are today, standards. Russ stays true to the melody as written by the composer, refrains from overly embellished delivery, and is a credit to the The Great American Songbook which is alive and well on this wonderful new album. Whether it’s a ballad or something with a bounce, Russ Wilson’s affection for bands and vocalists now long gone, is infectious and his latest album “P.S. I LOVE YOU” is a “must have” for anyone who enjoys great music provided by a great performer. “P.S. I Love You” is a love letter to the listener, but also to the great composers, bandleaders, and vocalists of sweeter times and I am delighted to recommend this album to you from one of the best singers I know. ~ Johnny Holiday, Hollywood CA

Richard Shulman

5:30PM

Pianist/composer Richard Shulman has been exploring consciousness through Jazz in his recordings, performances and compositions since 1983 and has recorded 23 of his own albums, most of which are available on the label, RichHeart Music. Shulman has performed at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Art Park, the United Nations, the Kool Jazz Festival, The Amenia Peace Festival and a wide variety of other venues throughout North America and in Europe. Locally Shulman has written and produced the “Visions of Hope” Concert with members of the Asheville Symphony Orchestra and a theatrical musical titled “A Dream of Camelot.”

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