Colin Wenhardt

c_wenhardtWenhart has spent more 40 years playing every sax, from soprano to bari, as well as piccolo, flute, alto flute, clarinet and bass clarinet in jazz combos, rock bands, funk, rhythm and blues, pop, pit orchestras, big band jazz, swing and society orchestras, including 4 years’ cruise ship experience as a sideman and then as conductor/bandleader.

Performance credits include: Johnny Mathis, Bob Newhart, Tony Bennett, Natalie Cole, Carol Burnett, Bob Sheppard, Patti Austin, Tony Curtis, Maria Schneider, Ingrid Jensen, Harold Jones, Jon Hendricks, Denise Perrier, Mel Martin, Barry Finnerty, David Liebman, Mike Zilber, Steve Smith, Bob Berg, Tim Hagans, Donald Harrison, Rodney Holmes, Liza Minelli, Don Rickles, Barry Manilow, Keely Smith, Mary Wilson & The Supremes, The Temptations, Michael Feinstein, The Four Freshman, Marvin Hamlisch, Frank Sinatra Jr., Robert Giaullme, Ray Charles, Marilyn McCoo, David Benoit, Jeff Kashiwa, Crystal Gayle, Jack Sheldon, Rita Moreno, Larry Dunlap & Bobbie Norris, Cleo Laine & John Dankworth, Morning and Jim Nichols, Jesse Colin Young, Rich Little, The Four Tops, Barry White, Roberta Flack, Isaac Hayes, Joel Gray, Dionne Warwick, Nancy Wilson, Helen O’Connell, Marvin Stamm, James Moody, Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra and Harry James Tribute band.

Recently he toured with the Hal Linden Orchestra (2013), Il Divo (2013), the Billy Vaughn Orchestra (2013-14) and performed with the Palms Springs Opera Society Orchestra (2015).

He has taught privately for many years as well as at clinics, schools and adjudications at UC Berkeley, CSU Hayward, Foothill College, and others. He currently resides in Orange County.