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    Wendy Hayes

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    With passion and skill the Wendy Hayes Quartet has been delivering smart and arresting jazz to the mountains of Western NC and in the process has become one of the most popular bands in the region.

    When preparing to record her first album, Wendy knew one thing - she wanted her album to be one of musical integrity and one that would also serve as a valentine to those artists who first inspired her.

    Her debut album was released December 24, 2010 and is entitled I REMEMBER YOU. Backed by a superb quartet, Wendy croons swing tunes and ballads from the Great American Songbook while giving nods to artists such Frank Sinatra, Rosemary Clooney, and Peggy Lee. For this CD, she keeps her focus on the lyrics and melodies which enables the listener to stay focused on the story she is telling. One of her favorite quotes is by Clooney herself... "Just sing the damn song honey, it's all right there!"

    From her sultry and visceral rendition of "Fever" - (with "hot brush work by drummer Rick Dilling" - Robin Tolleson -Hendersonville Times News) to her heart wrenching version of "One for My Baby", Wendy clearly illustrates through her vocals why Nancy Stetson of the Naples Daily News says that (Hayes) "possesses a rich voice and ineffable quality that allows certain performers to glow from within."

    Born in Steubenville Ohio, Wendy has always loved music and singing. However, being quite shy, she would never sing front of anyone - she would only sing when no one could hear her. Still, her shyness could not suppress her desire to communicate through music and at age 12 she took up the flute. It was through music that Wendy was able to express those ideas and thoughts for which she could not find the words...small wonder then, why jazz, steeped in improvisation and deep personal expression, now provides an intriguing medium for her.

    Wendy is quick to point out that her success is directly attributable to the fine trio of musicians with whom she shares the stage. Guitarist Andy Page, bassist Zack Page, and drummer Rick Dilling are world-class musicians who hold vast and impressive performance credits. "The quartet works as a unit and we all have a voice" says Hayes. "I might be standing in front, but we are all in this together - no question about it."

    The trio provides the cornerstone with their impressive musical skills and is both "supportive and playful" says Robin Tolleson. Evidence of their extraordinary skills can be heard in their live performances and on I REMEMBER YOU. "Most of the album was done in one or two takes", says Hayes, "and I believe that is a testament the musical talent within the group and our "connection" to each other as players." "The final track", "Dream" , was done in one take", she continues, "and in a real hurry - Andy had another gig to get to - so we did it in one take and in about 9 minutes. That is part of the reason I felt compelled to include on the CD, the discussion we had prior to laying down that last track. I wanted our audience to hear how we worked and perhaps get an idea of how it all came together." Not a formal member of the quartet but appearing on the CD is guest saxophonist/clarinetist Jim Calabrese whose playing adds a lush, complementary voice.

    Their new CD, which is yet untitled, is taking the group in a different direction. "This time we will stretch out more and the tunes and approach will show more diversity" explains Hayes. "We have everything from swing to funk to original music. It's very exciting."

    In 2009, after residing in fascinating locals such as Tokyo, NYC, and New Orleans, Wendy relocated to the mountains of Western NC...her greatest source of peace and inspiration.

    Wendy has served on the voice faculties of Appalachian State University and Lees McRae College and is a sought after adjudicator and vocal clinician. She is a member of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF TEACHERS OF SINGING, THE JAZZ EDUCATION NETWORK, ACTOR'S EQUITY, and THE MANHATTAN ASSOCIATION OF CABARETS AND CLUBS

    Andy Page has toured the world including a little stop to perform at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. He is a recording artist when he isn't touring and playing gigs. One of his recordings, of which he is most proud, is MUSETTE GUITARS' SOUVENIR de DJANGO.

    It is a similar story for his twin brother Zack who has toured the world playing bass and is one of the most sought after bassists in the region. Zack has played with artists such as Billy Higgins, Eddie Daniels, and Babik Reinhardt...to name a few.

    Last, but certainly not least, is Rick Dilling. Rick has a long list of recording credits to his name and has played for some of the greatest musicians of all-time including Jimmy Dorsey, Margaret Whiting, Clark Terry, Ernie Watts, Herb Ellis, and even "drum-battled" it out onstage with the late, great Louie Bellson.

    Wendy's current goal is to focus on doing what she loves best....singing and sharing the music of the Great American Songbook with those who know it by heart; and those who are being introduced to it for the first time.


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