An experienced jazz vocalist, Wendee Glick is a singer with a strong stage presence, sense of humor, and ability to belt out a tune, even over a full big band orchestra. She can engage the audience in the up-tempo, or make them weep over a ballad sung with a "bell-like" quality. She has graced the stages of many a New England jazz club, and large venues such as Boston's Fleet Center and Hatch Shell, performing with top-notch musicians.
Born Wendy Dee, she legally changed her name to Wendee in 2005. Her interest in music began at a young age, because her own mother was a singer. Wendee toured Europe with America's Youth in Concert and went on to study music at the University of Lowell. Classically trained, she started performing musical theater and opera but soon came to love jazz, influenced by jazz legends such as Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, Anita O'Day, and June Christy.
Wendee has developed a substantial following in the New England area, performing at such venues as The Chelmsford Center for the Arts, The Riverwalk Music Cafe', The Colonial Inn, Bullfinchs, Thelonious Monkfish and The Acton Jazz Cafe. She has also performed at Sculler's Jazz Club with the Al Vega All-Stars. Annually, she has ventured to St. Louis to perform, and on The Jazz Cruise, she has jammed with and received praise from jazz legends such as Red Holloway, Eddie Higgins, Shelly Berg, Keter Betts, Johnny O'Neal, Chris Foreman, Duffy Jackson, Ann Hampton Callaway and Wycliffe Gordon.
In 2002, Wendee produced her debut CD, "Baby, I'm Fine," featuring clarinetist/tenor saxophonist Ken Peplowski, pianists Paul Broadnax and Steve Heck, bassist Marshall Wood, guitarist Bob Ullman, and drummer Les Harris, Jr. A sonorous compilation of jazz standards, the CD has received critical acclaim from music aficionados and listeners alike. "Baby, I'm Fine" is a showcase for Wendee's vocal abilities. Her renditions of tunes such as "Crazy He Calls Me" and "Come in From the Rain," both on the CD and both ballads (her forte) are simply breathtaking. On tunes such as Fats Waller's "I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter," one can just imagine her swinging with a big band orchestra, and she does. She has been a featured vocalist with the Compaq Big Band for years, and is featured on their CD, "Bandwidth".
Wendee sings the rainbow on the newest showcase for her vocal abilities, "True Colors". The CD was released in September, 2005, and it shares the same personnel as on "Baby, I'm Fine", with the exception of Paul Broadnax, and the addition of Eddie Higgins on piano, and Dotti Anita Taylor on Flute. Most of the songs chosen for "True Colors" revolve around a color theme, from “Orange Colored Sky” to “Blue Moon” to "Deep Purple". Scott Yanow, author of ten books on jazz, states "She has a beautiful voice, swings at all tempos, improvises with subtlety and taste, and knows how to uplift superior material. "True Colors", building upon the success of "Baby, I'm Fine", will certainly result in Wendee Glick becoming better known beyond New England and being recognized as one of the finer jazz singers around today."
In October 2008 Wendee was included in a new book titled "The Jazz Singers - The Ultimate Guide", written by Scott Yanow. The Jazz Singers is an overview of the great vocalists who have sung jazz.
For more information about Wendee and her upcoming performances, you can visit http://jazzyplus.com.
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