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, jazz standards, modern jazz, and original jazz.

A versatile vocalist, 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.  She has twice performed on the stage of the Jazz Arts Initiative in Charlotte with the Page Brothers and has also appeared at the Mountain Oasis Music Festival, the Spartanburg Jazz Festival, Our World Festival, and the Django Reinhardt Festival in Asheville.

In addition to singing with her own jazz quartet, she is also the featured vocalist with the Asheville Jazz Orchestra, the Michael Jefry Stevens Trio, The Steve Watson Trio, and the Richard Shulman Group.

In 2014, the Wendy Jones Quartet released their first CD entitled PERFECT DREAM which features the original music of Michael Jefry Stevens. In 2017 she recorded with both the Steve Watson Trio and with the Richard Shulman Group. Richard Shulman's CD TURNED INTO LEMONADE and Steve Watson's REFLECTIONS were both released in the spring of 2018.

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Performing with Rick Dilling and Time Check - June 2018

 

 

Performing with NEA Jazz Master Jamey Aebersold

 

BACKGROUND

Wendy received a B.M. and an M.M. in vocal Performance from Appalachian State University and then joined the voice faculty there where she taught for 8 years before embarking on a full time, professional singing/acting career. Having sung with Opera Carolina, Appalachian Opera Theatre, and the Brevard Music Center Opera, her favorite roles include Adina in L'Elisir d'Amore, Laetitia in The Old Maid and the Thief, and Papagena in Die Zauberflöte. In 1995 Wendy won first runner up in the NC NATSAA competition.

An accomplished Equity actor as well as singer, Wendy has appeared in leading roles on stage of many prominent professional theatres throughout the U.S. including Florida Repertory Theatre, Flat Rock Playhouse, Little Theatre on the Square (IL), Temple Theatre, and Blowing Rock Stage Company.  She received glowing reviews for her portrayals Miss Sandra in All Shook Up, Brenda in Smokey Joe's Cafe, and Rosemary Clooney in A Dash of Rosemary.

Wendy has also appeared as a soloist with the The Symphony of the Mountains, the Western Piedmont Symphony, the Asheville Choral Society, and the Carolina Concert Choir in works such as Vaughan Williams' Dona Nobis Pacem, John Corgliano's Fern Hill, Bach's Magnificat, and Mozart's Great Mass in C Minor.  

She was one of nine singers chosen after extensive auditions in North America, Europe, and Australia to appear at Tokyo Disney in the Broadway review Encore!

From 1991-2008 she was a frequent headliner and lead production singer/dancer on cruise ships and it was during this time that she wrote Everything is Rosie (a one woman show celebrating the life of Rosemary Clooney) and Ladies and Gentlemen (a cabaret show celebrating the pioneers of traditional pop music such as Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennet, Peggy Lee, and Ella Fitzgerald). Each of the shows premiered in south Florida at the Winter Park Playhouse in 2009 and 2010 respectively.

Wendy is a proud and active member of:

  • National Association of Teachers of Singing - NC NATS Executive Board 
  • Jazz Education Network
  • National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences (Grammy's) - Voting Member
  • Southeastern Theatre Conference
  • Actors' Equity Association
  • Pan-American Vocology Association 
  • New York Singing Teachers Association 
  • The Voice Foundation

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

  

 

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(Wendy) "possesses a rich voice and that ineffable quality that allows certain performers to glow from within. She dazzled every time she was onstage." - Nancy Stetson, Naples Daily News - Naples, Florida

 

"Wendy is always pushing herself to expand her repertoire into more difficult material.  She's not afraid of a challenging piece of music and her pitch and vocal control are so precise, she's able to tackle difficult material and nail it." Bassist Zack Page - Rapid River Arts and Culture Magazine

 

“The singer’s distinctive and sometimes-haunting voice proves to be very effective no matter what the mood of the piece. She gives sensitivity to each selection that she interprets and displays a complete understanding of the lyrics while swinging at every tempo.”

- Scott Yanow, Jazz Journalist and Music Critic (Los Angeles, CA) 

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