a jazz trumpet player, is a very articulate, passionate, and lyrical jazz trumpet player who approaches music with energy, creativity and spirit. Scott Wendholt was born in the mid sixties and nurtured in the Mile High City (Denver). Scott began playing trumpet in the third grade and was heavily influenced by his friend Greg Gisbert whom he grew up around in the Denver scene. Greg turned him onto such jaz groups as Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers as well as The Count Basie Orchestra. Scott attended Indiana University where he studied trumpet with Allen Dean and roomed with Chris Botti for one year. Botti referred to Scott as "the young cat." Scott recalls seeing Jerry Hey at Indiana University as Hey returned for an occasional lesson with Bill Adam.
Scott subsequently moved on to Cincinnati, Ohio where he played at Kings Island for three summers. Scott's time in Cincinnati afforded him an opportunity to meet many musicians and to be able to play in many different performance situations. Scott received a grant for $10,000.00 and moved to New York City where he has remained ever since.
Wendholt is a much in demand artist and has found himself in a variety of settings. He has recorded and/or worked extensively with artists including Kenny Garrett, Cyrus Chestnut, Christian McBride, Don Braden and Bruce Barth. For the last six years, Scott has 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 one hundred recordings. His six jazz recordings as a leader have received much favorable press including a 4 star review in Downbeat.
The "Big Band Scene" has also sought out this jazz trumpet artist for his versatility and formidable powers. His list of credits include: The Carnegie Hall Big Band (led by Jon Faddis), Maria Schneider's Jazz Orchestra, the Bob Mintzer Big Band, the Buddy Rich Big Band, and the John Fedchock New York Big Band. He currently has the honor of being included in the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra (formerly Thad Jones/Mel Lewis) where he is a featured soloist.
Wendholt continues to be in demand on the playing scene as well as in the educational arena. Scott is currently on the faculty at Manhattan School of Music and the Jamey Aebersold Summer Jazz Camps and is in demand as a player/clinician in many colleges and various other learning institutions around the world.