January 31, 2008
Strings and Reeds: Steve Schenkel and Sandy Weltman, a Jazz Concert at Webster University
Strings and Reeds, a jazz concert with Steve Schenkel and Sandy Weltman, features a program of jazz favorites, including "In a Sentimental Mood" by Duke Ellington, "Nuages" by Django Reinhardt and "Blues for Alice" by Charlie Parker. Performers include Steve Schenkel, guitar; Sandy Weltman, harmonica; Ric Vice, bass and Kevin Gianino, drums.
Monday, February 18, 2008, 7 p.m.
Winifred Moore Auditorium, Webster University
470 E. Lockwood Ave.
Call 968-7032, or the Fine Arts Hotline at 968-7128
Steve Schenkel has he been a full-time faculty member of Webster University since 1980. He also performs regularly with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, The Fox Theater Orchestra, the Muny Orchestra, and the Repertory Theater of St. Louis. A native of St. Louis, Schenkel has been the "first call" guitarist in St. Louis for over 20 years. He performs regularly with the St. Louis Symphony, The Fox Theater Orchestra, the MUNY Orchestra and the Repertory Theater of St. Louis. Steve is a graduate of Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. He received the Ph.D from Washington University, 1980 and the MA in Religion from Webster University. Dr. Schenkel founded the Jazz Studies program and the Jazz Concert Series at Webster University, where he has taught music, media, and religion since 1980. His music is heard nationally on the PBS program "Breaking Bread," as well as by millions of visitors each year in the multimedia show under the Gateway Arch. Dr. Schenkel has scored many PBS programs, including "KATY: Stories From the Trail," "Homefront," and "American Tower." Steve also wrote the theme music for the programs "In the Loop" and "StL Biz," as well as the logo music for KETC. Dr. Schenkel orchestrated the Ken Hensley CD, "Running Wild," and the children's musical "A Modern Day Prodigal Son." He appears on the CD "1-2-3" with pianist Dave Venn, as well as collaborations with Dan Rubright, "The Lone Wild Bird," "What Wondrous Love" and "Whole New Light." Harmonica virtuoso Sandy Weltman's talents are diverse to say the least. While at home in the jazz realm, he is equally skilled in blues, Celtic, Klezmer, Latin and much more. Sandy learned much of his harmonica styling while under the tutelage of harmonica wizard Howard "Flecktone" Levy. He has since gained international recognition in the World Harmonica Competitions. Weltman has won numerous awards and is equally skilled on the banjo, with which he fronted his own band called the SanDroids. He currently performs his unique style of harmonica jazz in a duo, trio and quartet setting. Weltman has performed on dozens of albums nationally and has released four albums of his own: “Banjo Magic” (1987)-currently out of print, “Escape Velocity” with his band The SanDROIDS (1996), “New World Harmonica Jazz” with The Carolbeth Trio (1998) and “The Klezmer Nuthouse” (2002). He has opened for: Norman & Nancy Blake, BeauSoleil, Peter Ostrushko, Cassandra Wilson, Trio Globo, Hot Rize, Leon Redbone, Victor Wooten and John Hartford. Weltman has performed with: Howard Levy, Brewer & Shipley, Bela Fleck, Bluegrass Alliance and many others.