Musical Artist, Producer, Clinician, Music Director
Tell us a little about your background...
Wendell Holmes, a native of Philadelphia, Mississippi, began playing the drums at two years old; watching his cousin play every Sunday morning fascinated him so much that after each service, he would jump on a drum-set and mimic what he heard, first hand. At home, he played on everything from pots and pans, to his mother's living room furniture. It soon became evident that this was a gift from God and should be taken seriously. "Playing at church was the greatest start I could ever have because I constantly played and it served as a platform to develop a sound."
Wendell matured at his craft by becoming an innovative drummer with versatility in playing various genres of music such as Jazz, Fusion, R&B, Funk, Blues, Country, Rock, and Reggae. He soon branched into music directing, collaborating with many musicians (a position rarely filled by drummers).
In 2005, Holmes moved to Atlanta, Georgia; where God continues to do great things in his life allowing him to be a vessel of blessings to others.
Wendell's artistic uniqueness lies in his distinctive sound, authenticity and creativity. A sensitive, colorful and innovative drummer, he mixes different textures and tones on the drums and cymbals to produce breathtaking colors and images. A versatile musician, he approaches each genre in its authentic context, yet complements it through incorporating various styles in an ingenious manner to create an interesting and innovative sound. His distinctive sound combined with his approach to music complements his expressive creativity.
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HI WENDELL.NICE TO MEET YOU. DO YOU KNOW WENDELL RIVERA? A PERCUSSIONIST PLAYER FROM PANAMA.WELL,I AM BRAZILIAN NEWS PAPER MAN.I WRITE ABOUT SPORTS.HOWEVER,MY PASSION WITH JAZZ TURN ME A RADIO MAN SHOW.I FEATURE TWO HOURS WEEK---WHEN I GOT THESE TWO HOURS WEEK, THE OWNER TO THE RADIO SAID...JAZZ IS NOT ECONOMICALLY VIABLE MUSIC.---BY THE WAY, IN MY COUNTRY THERE S NOT A FULL TIME JAZZ FM STATIONS...ONLY WEEKLY JAZZ RADIO PROGRAM.
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Jaijai, what a wonderful mission you've undertaken to create such a place for artistic minds to meet and share their hearts. A place to renew faded determinations, and revive lessened momentums. A place to display our wares and reconfirm to one another that we actually are on the right track.
I commend you, Jaijai, for caring so much that you created this castle of the heart for all of us. I want to share my praise for all of the new friends as well as old friends that I've met and will meet here in our castle. Here we can garnish the where-with-all, the strength, the conviction, and the selflessness through our symbiosis, to share our gift to the world with an unbiased agenda.
My mentor, Daisaku Ikeda says of art: "A beautiful flower delights and refreshes the hearts of all people equally, no matter what soil it grows in. That is the power of beauty. The same is true of great art. It is this spirit that the German poet Heinrich Heine sang of when he wrote that once the peapod bursts open, the sugar peas inside are for everyone to enjoy."