ABOUT US


Jazz for the Contemplative Heart and Mind
Original music is the primary focus of the Orenda Duo and the Jenny Wilson Trio.  With the addition of jazz standards, contemporary and familiar, as well as unique arrangements of popular song, they perform a program that appeals to a wide audience.

The sound of the duo and trio is influenced by traditional jazz, Americana, and classical music.  Not often heard as a melodic instrument, Nathan Wilson utilizes the singing quality of the double bass.  Jenny’s vocals have been compared to those of Diana Krall and Norah Jones and Carole King.  Jenny’s piano style is highly influenced by modern jazz pianists and by her classical training.  With the addition of drums and horns the duo can expand to a trio or quartet ensemble.  In a few words their music can be described as ‘subtle swing, lilting Latin, and cinematic original composition’.  They are experts at tailoring the music to fit the needs of the client and venue.

Jenny and Nathan are full time musicians performing at arts venues, music festivals, jazz clubs, corporate and private events, as well as house concerts and occasional fine dining establishments.  They regularly perform in WV, PA, MD, and OH, and have toured the east coast from Maine to Florida. 


Jenny Wilson - piano/vocal/flute
Jenny has studied piano with Grammy nominated pianist Art Lande and with Duquesne University professor Ron Bickel.  She has had private lessons with Hal Galper and has a Master of Music degree from West Virginia University in jazz pedagogy.   Her earlier studies were in flute performance at the University of Southern Maine and at the Winterthur Konservatorium in Switzerland.  She has performed in Switzerland, Germany, Austria, and in the US.


Nathan Wilson - upright bass
Nathan is also a member of Squonk Opera, an avant garde theater ensemble.  With them he has toured in Asia, Europe, and all across the United States and Canada.  He is responsible for the duo's and trio's recordings.

Nathan has been awarded an Artist Impact Grant from Arts Monongahela and The City of Morgantown.  And on more than one occasion has received a greeting card recognizing him as the 'World's Greatest Husband'. 


Quotes
'The region’s most consistently entertaining and engaging jazz ensemble.  They are pros who know how to connect with their audience.'
WV Jazz Society

'Cool and intelligent'
Cadence Jazz Magazine

'Our audience loved The Jenny Wilson Trio.  I hope to have many more opportunities to work with these talented musicians!'
Robert Moore, Visual and Performing Arts Manager - Tamarack

'Exquisite'
Monongalia Arts Center

'The Jenny Wilson Trio far exceeded our expectations with their performances, and the way they engaged the audience.  Top notch, professional performers who clearly love their jazz.  Their enthusiasm and respect for their music is infectious.' 
Kurt Barkley, Executive Director - The Arts Center, Elkins, WV

'Jenny and Nathan's performance at Arts Monongahela created an intimate connection with their audience.  The dynamic and emotional Jazz experience was riveting.'
Charlie Sims, Arts Monongahela Board Member

'A voice rich with nuance'
St. Gallertagblatt-Switzerland

'Facile and freewheeling interplay, lyrical and lively, the delicacy of a hummingbird'
Portland Press Herald

'Jenny's compositions are relevant and evocative of her West Virginia roots.'
Benoit Glazer - music director for Cirque de Soleil’s La Nouba


CD Reviews

'Jenny and Nathan Wilson's latest CD, "The World is Turning to Gold" is an engaging collection of original jazz pieces penned by the duo. The mood is warmly introspective and the intimate recorded sound sets off to advantage Jenny's crystalline sound on the piano and Nathan's empathic accompaniment on the bass.  This is not an album of tired bluesy clichés but instead offers a thoughtful set of pieces exquisitely rendered in musical watercolors and pastels.  Recommended.'
The World is Turning Gold:  David Kane, pianist/reviewer for Cadence Magazine

'Spellbinding, honest, and introspective - Jenny and Nathan Wilson deliver a musical performance that feels like spun gold, light to the touch, but magical and luminous with delicate intensity.'
The World is Turning Gold:  Robin Meloy Goldsby - author, composer, Steinway Artist

'I love this recording “The World Is Turning Gold”, thoughtful and lyrical music from the spirit of Jenny and Nathan Wilson.  A great way to spend the day.'
The World is Turning Gold:  Bob Thompson – pianist for NPR’s Mountain Stage

'This is not an album of tired bluesy cliches, but instead offers a thoughtful set of pieces exquisitely rendered in musical watercolors and pastels,  Recommended'
What She Sang in Winter:  David Kane - pianist/reviewer for Cadence Magazine

'Lilting, bouncing, contemplative, or downright swinging, Jenny, son Evan Lintz on drums and husband Nathan Wilson on bass turn in a performance that’s both magical and memorable. Music played by a trio that sounds like, well, family.'
What She Sang in Winter:  Robin Meloy Goldsby - best-selling author & performing pianist

'Wow...sounds great!!! Great music and great recording quality! Very hip grooves indeed!!'
What She Sang in Winter:  Kenneth Rittenhouse - member of The United States Army Band


Notable Performances

Artomatic 
Frederick, MD 

Tamarack 
Beckley, WV 

Camden Harbor Amphitheatre 
Camden, ME 

Morgantown Arts Walk 
Morgantown, WV 

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh 
Pittsburgh, PA 

Dimensions in Jazz Series
Portland, ME

Landes Arts Center 
Petersburg, WV 

Allegany Arts Council 
Cumberland, MD 

Twins Jazz Club 
Washington, DC 

Cultural Trust Gallery Crawl 
Pittsburgh, PA 

Randolph Co Comm Arts Center
Elkins, WV

West Virginia Jazz Society 
Weston, WV 

Timucua White House
Orlando, FL

Pocahontas County Opera House  
Marlinton, West Virginia

Westmoreland Jazz Society
Greensburg, PA

Greenbrier Resort
White Sulfur Springs, WV

Simply Jazz & Blues Festival
Beckley, WV

Riverfront Jazz Festival
Morgantown, WV

Historic Spanish Point
Osprey, FL

Beckley Arts Center
Beckley, WV

Ohio Valley Music Guild
Steubenville, OH

Stifel Arts Center
Wheeling, WV

ArtsLink
New Martinsville, WV