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EXCITING UPDATES: 

*The July 20 Artist-in-Residence concert will celebrate the music of the Eagles. Wendel is happy to announce who his guest performers will be for this performance. Joining Wendel will be singer/guitarist Jeff Kile, and singers Len Causey, Betsy Sonewald, Caitlin Wood, Alison Werner, and Anna Caroline Causey. These musicians will be on the stage the entire evening  bringing the music of the Eagles to life.

*August 4 will see Wendel making his debut as a headliner at Knoxville's Jig and Reel, in the Old City area. He performed there once accompanying singer Katy Free. This time, he will be leading his own trio. He will playing from 10pm-1am.

*A WEEKEND WITH WENDEL, August 23, 24, and 25. Once again, Wendel is back in Tellico Village with a three-night residency presenting three entirely different concerts: a jazz night, a night of Broadway music, and a night of the blues. He will have several guests with him and no music will be repeated throughout the three concerts. These tickets sold quickly when this was done two years ago. Make sure you get these tickets early.  

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.

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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.

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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.

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He is in high demand as a music director and lecturer, and travels regularly as a performer. Wendel is also Modern Studio's 2018 Artist-in-Residence, which includes 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.