**The Annual WENDEL-DESTROYS-ALL-CHRISTMAS-SONGS concert will be Friday December 14 at Broadway United Methodist Church in Maryville, Tn. The concert will start at 8pm. Guest performers include Alan Eleazer, the Strange Relationship, Kimberley Watkins, the Ensemble Swingtime Big Band, and a 15-member choir. oThe concert will be a fund raiser for the church’s food pantry. It costs about $1000 to to fund and feed the dinners they provide for the homeless twice a month. Please come and help supoort this church’s efforts.
**NEW T-SHIRTS ARE COMING. I can’t reveal what they look like yet. Final decisions are being made. We are hoping they will be ready in time for the holidays. But you will only be able to get them through this website. I promise…they are coming.
**It’s offical, there is a new band: WENDEL WERNER and the STRANGE RELATIONSHIP!!
Wendel has been slowly working this group into the public for about a year, sometimes doing gig with just the singers (Anna Caroline Causey, Caitlin Wood, Alison Werner, and Betsy Sonewald) and some gigs with just the horn players.(Kerry Morrison, Peggy Terpstra, and Ruth Johnson) But he has finally put them all together and made it offical at the end of August.
After their performance at Wendel’s Christmas concert this year, their next performance will be Friday January 25 at Boyd’s Jig and Reel in the Old City in downtown Knoxville, Tn.
Meet WENDEL WERNER and the STRANGE RELATIONSHIP.
**Here’s a glimpse of what late-2018/2019 looks like for Wendel:
12/31/18—St. Louis, Mo.
01/25/19—Knoxville, Tn. w/the Strange Relationship
03/22-23/19—Davenpot, Iowa at the Grape Life w/Terry Schmidt
04/5-7/19—Knoxville, Tn. w/Ballet Gloria
05/10/19—Knoxville, Tn. w/the Strange Relationship
Wendel Werner, known as Knoxville's pianist, is an accomplished singer, director, composer, producer, teacher and clinician. His career began in 1974, as he sat behind the piano for the first time. Born in Little Rock, AR, he found himself traveling the United States as a child of the US Air Force. High school found him in Memphis, TN where he helped win the Best Jazz Band award, and won the Best Soloist award from the Dogwood Arts Jazz Festival. He went on to compose and direct his high school's musical his Senior year.
Wendel received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the University of Tennessee, and was hired to teach at a local college before finishing his graduate studies. He has worked as the pianist or music director for over ten churches, and has taught at six colleges.
Wendel has released over 12 albums, including four with singer Alan Eleazer, four with saxophonist Terry Schmidt, and several solo albums including his gospel album entitled "Spiritual," and a blues album entitled "Cool by Design." A new album is planned for 2019.
He is in high demand as a music director and lecturer, and travels regularly as a performer. Wendel was Modern Studio's 2018 Artist-in-Residence, which included a solo performance each month in addition to curating a concert series and producing/directing several shows.
Wendel is available for your private event, wedding, or party. Please Contact Us to learn more.