Trombonist, Composer, Arranger, Conductor, Instructor
Wilton CT. 06897, USA
Manhattan School of Music. New York, N.Y. Master in Composition and Film Scoring, 1985
Østlandske Music Conservatory. Oslo, Norway. Bachelor Degree – Classical Trombone, 1979
Individual Study with Don Sebesky (Film Score), Dennis Wick (Trombone), Michael Gibbs (Composition),
Ed Green (Film Score), Bill Watrous (Trombone), Arild Jensen (Trombone)
AWARDS AND RECOGNITION
AMC (American Music Center) 2009
The “Lys Music Composition Contest” 2nd. Prize for Jazz Orch Belgium 2003.
Norwegian Composers Foundation, Scholarship, 1986, 1993, 1997, 1998, 1999.
2000-2002, Scholarship to write a symphony
Norwegian Found for Performing Artist, stipend 1990,1996,1999.
TONO, stipend 1990, 1996, 2010
Norwegian Association for Popular Authors: Prize of the Year for Best Composition, 1982, 1986, 1996.
Barga Jazz ’92, 2nd Prize, International Arr. & Composition competition for Jazz Orch., Italy
Danish Broadcasting Orch., Denmark Radio Cup, 1988 & 1989 for original classical compositions.
The Municipality of Oslo, Oslo City Cultural Stipend, 1986.
Norwegian Composers Union, Anders Klæstads Scholarship, 1984.
EVENTS AND ORCHESTRAL BACKING OF WELL KNOWN ARTISTS- PERFORMING, ARRANGING, CONDUCTING
Conducting the Norwegian Radio Orchestra in a big televised disco show 2011,12,13. (Video)
Conducting the Norwegian Radio Orchestra in a 2 1/2 hour symphony score for a 6 h film “The Conqueror” 2011
Conducting and orchestrating for Shanghai symphony orchestra at expo 2010
Conducting the Norwegian Radio Orchestra with Donna Summer 2009 when President Obama won the Nobel piece prize.
Became the new member of “Blood Sweat & Tears” (Trombone) 2006-2014.
Donna Summer, Musical Director, conductor on tour 1993-1995, and 2004-2012.(Carnegie Hall, US, Europe, Caribbean, Latin America, Japan)
Including conducting Houston & Nashville symphony orchestra
“Tribute to Donna Summer” Madison Square Garden KTU, 2003 Conducted and Arranged music.
The New York Restoration Project. Conducted and performed for Bette Midler & Donna Summer 2003
Morocco, private concert for his Majesty King Mohammed the 6th at his Palace New Years eve.2002
Morocco, private concert for his Majesty King Mohammed the 6th Wedding, at his Palace. July 2002
Westbury Music Fair, performed with The Dells, Johnny Mathis, Connie Francis, Neil Sedaka, Jerry Vale, Paul Anka, Frankie Valli
The Norwegian Radio Symphony 2004, guest conductor,and 2000 Conducted, orchestrated and soloed with the orchestra in seven different productions such as: CD recording, Film recording, Children event, popular musical and jazz concerts with among others alto saxophonist Peter King.
Army bands 2000 Conducted several concerts with original material in Norway.
The Ambassador Show Conductor and trombone soloing in Harstad, Norway, 1998/2000.
The Norwegian Radio Symphonic Orchestra, Norwegian Labor Unions 100 Year Anniversary, April 1999.
Opening Concert in Harstad (Festspillene i Nord-Norge), June 98.
Celebration in the Square ’92, Musical director for Paul Newman’s Fundraising event for the “Hole in the Wall Gang” featuring Tony Bennett, Donna Summer, Neil Sedaka.Westport, Connecticut
The following CD’s represent original compositions of Jens Wendelboe:
1) Big Crazy Energy New York Band “Fresh Heat” 2012
2) Big Crazy Energy New York Band “Inspirations” 2010
3) A LOOK INSIDE Recorded and conducted a new CD with all new compositions for the army band of Norway.
4) Logos, composer, conductor, trombonist, producer. Symphony orch. Rhythm sect. Gospel choir over the gospel of Johanes. (Church music), 2000.
5) Classical Works of Jens Wendelboe, 1999.
6) Get Crazy with the Crazy Energy Jazz Quartet, composer, trombonist, Oslo, 1999.
7) Strolling with the Groove, composer, arranger, conductor, trombonist, Oslo, 1997.
8) Crazy Energy Jazz Quartet, trombone, Oslo, 1997.
9) Jens Wendelboe Big Crazy Energy Band II, composer, conductor, arr., Producer, soloist, 1993.
10) Jens Wendelboe Big Crazy Energy Band I, composer, conductor, arr., Producer, soloist, 1991.
11) Letter From New York, composer, conductor, arranger, producer, New York, 1985.
12) ‘Lone Attic, composer, conductor, arranger, producer, Oslo, 1982
Recent Producing/Orchestrating work:
-Produced songs for future CD of Recording artist, Meg Dunn, 2004
-”REAL THING DELUXE” Conducted and co produced. No.2 best selling jazz record in Norway 2000.
“ONE DAY” Orchestrated for Sidsel Kyrkjebø (best seller in Europe) 2000.
Misc. recordings with David Foster, Jeff Lorber, Jimmy Webb, Roger Nichols, Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil, Bruce Roberts
Recording artist and arranger on over 50 classical, fusion, top 40, jazz and rock & roll recordings.
Arranger on recordings for the Monroes and Bobbysocks (best sellers).
TELEVISION PERFORMING AND ORCHESTRAL BACKING OF WELL KNOWN ARTISTS
“The evening before the Eve” a Christmas avaganza, NRK, 2013, Conductor, Musical Director, arranger.
“150 year anniversary of Norwegian Railroad”, NRK, 2004, Conductor, Musical Director, arranger.
“Ladies and Gentlemen” a series of 10 TV shows about famous artists. 2002 Conductor, musical director, arranger.
“LOGOS” one hour TV show for 120 musicians on TV2 over the gospel of John Easter eve 2001.
Momarkedet, live TV show; conductor, musical director, arranger, featuring among others int’l artists: Michael Bolton, Cliff Richards, Engelbert Humperdink. NRK.1988, ’89, ’90, ’91,’92, ’93, ’94, ’95, ’96, ’97, ’98, ’99, 2000, 2001.
TV telethon for cancer 2000.
TV show “The blind association 100year” 2000.
TV telethon ”SOS children villages” 2000.
A Celebration of the ’70′s, MD & conductor for Donna Summer, NBC, Los Angeles, 1993.
Diamond Awards, musical director & conductor for Donna Summer, Netherlands, 1992.
TV cup final footballshow TV2, 1998.
Telethon, musical director, arranger for 12 hour telethon. Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK), Oslo, 1992, 1994
Jens Wendelboe Big Crazy Energy Band, 40 minute music show, taped live. NRK, Oslo, 1991.
Lørdan, popular live Saturday night show (87% viewer ratings); house conductor, musical director, arranger. Featuring among others, Al Jarreau, Tanita Takaram, NRK, 1988-1991.
Spellemansprisen, Norwegian “Grammys”, conductor, musical director, arr., NRK, ’91,’93,’95.
Brageprisen, Norwegian Literary Awards, musical director & arranger, NRK ’92 &’93.
European All Star Big Band, European Broadcasting Union, trombonist, EBU, Austria 1990.
Holmenkollen, live t.v. entertainment; conductor, musical director, arranger, NRK, ’90, ’93.
Amanda Price, live Film Award ceremony, house conductor, musical director, arranger, featuring int’l artists: Liv Ullman and Diana Ross, NRK 1986, 1987.
TV Soloist with own compositions on an internordic production, Finland, 1987.
Eurovision Song Contest, conductor & arr., for national & int’l competition, NRK, 1986.
Sopot Pop Festival, conductor and arranger for Finland’s entrants, Poland, 1986.
Cesme Music Contest, conductor and arranger for Norway and Sweden, Turkey, 1986.
Trombone soloist and band member on studio and live shows, both classical & contemporary.
Hair Spray and The Producers (trombone sub) Broadway (NYC) 2003-to end of run
Orchestrated “Mary Poppins” 2003
White Tie And Tails, Tommy Tune Little Schubert Theatre on Broadway (trombone) 2002-03
Damenes Aften (Ladies Night Out), Orchestrated Show at the Chat Noir Theatre, Oslo, 1998, 99, 2000. Tremendous Success. (conductor & trombone).
Chorus Line, Chateau Neuf, Oslo, 1983-84 (trombone), 1996 (conductor).
Tommy Tune – Moonlighting, Rich Forum, Stamford, CT. 1993 and 2002 (trombone).
Phantom of the Opera, The Norwegian Theatre, Oslo, 1990 (conductor).
Jesus Christ Superstar, The Norwegian Theatre, Oslo, 1990 (conductor & trombone).
Les Miserables, The Norwegian Theatre, Oslo, 1988 (conductor & bass trombone).
Mame, Connecticut Broadway Theatre, CT.
Fiddler on the Roof, The Norwegian Theatre, Oslo, 1987 (trombone).
No Other Time, No Other Place, The Norwegian Theatre, Oslo, 1986 (conductor).
Cats, The Norwegian Theatre, Oslo 1985/86 (trombone).
Romeo & Juliet, The Norwegian Theatre, Oslo, 1985 (trombone).
West Side Story, The Norwegian Theatre, Oslo, 1982,86 (trombone).
The Conqueror, 6 hour TV mini series 2011
The Guiding Light, background music, 2004
Norwegian Labor Union, 30 minutes music for historical/documentary film, Oslo, 1990
Citadel, 30 minutes music for industrial video, Oslo, 1990
Lamin, 30 minutes music for award winning novelle film, Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK), 1988
Composed numerous jingles both acoustic and electronic.
Westchester Jazz Orchestra, Orchestrator and trombone sub, 2004.
Big Crazy Energy Band, monthly concert with own compositions at Serafina, New York 2001 & 2004 Arts & Ideas Festival, New Haven CT.
Oriental Hotel, Bangkok Soloed with a jazz quartet 2000.
Bergen professional Big Band, Conducted and performed all own compositions 2000.
Asker Big Band Performed at Copenhagen Jazz House.
Soloist and Judge in Augustana Jazz Big Band Competition Festival, Suix Fall 1999.
Tour with Crazy Energy Jazz Quartet in Spain, Feb. 1997, Germany Sept. 1998, USA Jan. 1999.
Cruise with Little Crazy Energy Band, 12-piece band, on Cruiseship SS NORWAY, July 1998.
Molde International Jazz Festival 1992, Norway, Jens Wendelboe Big Crazy Energy Band
Asker Big Band, musical director 1985-present, performing also at Ronnie Scotts, London, 1988.
Norwegian Radio Big Band, conductor, principal & 2. trombonist, soloist, arranger, 1978-89,
Tom Pierson Big Band, with among others; A. Jackson, L. Soloff, J. Pugh, L. Marini..New York, 1985.
Harstad Jazz Festival, w/F. Tingnœs, H. Halvorsen, T. Nilsen, J. Wendelboe, Ø. Westby, 1985.
Jens Wendelboe Big Band, performing at “7th Avenue South”, New York 1984-85. Performing at “Club 7″, Oslo 1982-83.
Jazz Punk Ensemble at Voss Jazz Festival, Trombonist, Norway, 1980.
Toshiko Akioshi at Kongsberg Jazz Festival, Trombonist, Norway, 1980.
Trombone soloist on various assignments in clubs and concerts. Have soloed together with Slide Hampton, Phil Woods, Bill Watrous and Wayne André.
Norwegian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Permanent stand-in on Principal and 2 Trombone.
Composed Pagina, The Opposite of One, plus prize winning Modus Vivendi, H2O and Winterlandscape.
Arranger on various classical and light pieces for chamber ensembles to symphony orchestra.
Frequent Guest on various Radio Programs
NEW COMPOSITIONS 2000-2009
“Abra Kadabra Sim Sala Bim” for Marching band, 2004
“Connect The Dots” for concert band, 2004
“Hybridisation” in 4 Movements, Marimba/ Vibraphone & Chamber orchestra
“Gloria Arborum” in 5 Movements, Church Organ, Concert Band, Choir & 4 Vocals
“Latin Suitte” in 6 Movements, Concert Band, Rhythm Section & Vocals
“Frank’s Funky World” in 8 Movements, Concert Band, Rhythm section & Vocals
“Symphony #1 in 3 Movements.”
Composed, orchestrated, conducted and performed both in concerts and on the CD recording of “LOGOS”. This is a one-hour piece of music composed for Gospel choir,symphony orchestra, rhythm section, horn section, four solo singers and a reader, based on the gospel of Johannes.
Composed a concert for three Marimbas. “REFLECTIONS OF STYLE”.
Adjunct online proffesor at Jackson State Community Collage 2013-14.
Hanover Park High School, NJ. Taught performers “Master class” Guest directed Jazz Ens. 2003
Private lessons on trombone, Wilton , CT. 2002-2009.
Judge for high school band competition, Augastana College, Sioux Falls, S.D. 2000
Østlandske Music Conservatory, Prof. in arranging and composition, Oslo, 1990-94
Royal Academy of Music, Supervisor of the Jazz Department, taught “music philosophy”, “styles and analysis”, instructed jazz ensembles and participated in international exchange programs, Oslo, 1985-87.
Employed on a freelance basis to provide: individual trombone tutoring, musical direction for amateur and senior jazz ensembles and big bands, & seminars in improvisation and arranging.
Languages: Fluent in Norwegian, English, Danish, German.
Computer: Proficient in Finale Music Notation Program, Word.
A Small Hand Campaign, two day fundraiser for the international relief and development organization – Caritas Norway. Campaign Manager & Artistic Director, Oslo 1990.
Interests: sailing, travel, scuba diving, canoeing.
Legal status: Norwegian citizen with immigrant status in the United States of America.
Recommendations available upon request