Scott Wendholt is an articulate, passionate, and lyrical trumpeter who approaches music with energy and spirit. He communicates to audiences with sincerity and ease.
Born in the mid sixties and nurtured in the Mile High City (Denver), this young veteran left for Indiana University and subsequently moved on to Cincinnati, Ohio. Still feeling a pull from farther East, he, like so many other musicians, migrated to New York City and has remained ever since.
Mr. Wendholt is a much in demand artist and has found himself in a variety of settings. He has recorded and/or worked with artists including Kenny Garrett, Cyrus Chestnut, Christian McBride, Don Braden and Bruce Barth. For Six years, Scott found a home with Vincent Herring’s quintet. This highly acclaimed band has recorded three albums, including Folklore-Live At The Village Vanguard. He has toured extensively throughout the United States, Europe, South America, Africa and Japan with these bands as well as others.
To his credit, Scott has been recorded on more than thirty CD’s. However, he is recognized as a leader as well. His quintet recording What Goes Unsaid on the Doubletime Jazz label was released in September 2000, following four successful Scott Wendholt offerings including one other Doubetime release and three for the Dutch Criss Cross label. This new CD has received favorable press including a 4 star review in Downbeat.
The “Big Band Scene” has also sought out this trumpeter for his versatility and formidable powers. His list of credits include: The Carnegie Hall Big Band (led by Jon Faddis), Maria Schneider’s Big Band, the Bob Mintzer Big Band and the Buddy Rich Big Band. He has been recognized and currently has the honor of being included in the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra (formerly Thad Jones/Mel Lewis) where he follows in Thad’s footsteps as the soloist in the trumpet section. This formidable band recently released a CD entitled Can I Persuade You. This is a follow-up to their last two Grammy-Nominated releases Lickety Split and Thad Jones Legacy. These three recordings feature Scott prominently.
Mr. Wendholt continues to be in demand on the playing scene as well as in the educational arena. Scott is currently on the faculty at SUNY (Purchase) and teaches at the Jamey Aebersold summer jazz camps. He is also in demand as a player/clinician in many colleges and various other learning institutions around the world.
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