Wendy Ross, a University of Maryland Journalism graduate, started writing for jazz newsletters in the mid-eighties. She has worked in public media for over twenty years.
Wendy Ross has a B.S. in Journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park. She has
worked primarily in television programming for over 25 years, the last twenty in public
media. While in college, she worked at the campus radio station, WMUC, primarily in news.
and interned at Wash-FM in Washington D.C. She has written for jazz newsletters and
online for Jazz Review.com. Her most intense listening experience was Grover Washington
Jr.'s Winelight in a sound production studio at the University. The speakers and acoustics
were fabulous and it was the first time she heard the rain in "Just the Two Us", on an album
she had listened to for years. Wendy's first jazz interview was with Les McCann in the mid-
eighties when he visited the Duke Ellington School for the Arts in Washington D.C. Her
favorite concert experience is an outdoor jazz festival near water or on the beach. Her early
and short lived introductions to playing music were schoolroom violin, guitar, and piano.
She's a singer without a voice and a writer who has one choice, to put one word in front
the other and find the music within...
My Jazz Story
Published on: 2018-09-02
I love jazz because it teams with possibilities, it thrills and it soothes, and its up to your imagination whether you're riding a wave, a
wing or a prayer.
I was first exposed to jazz from the beginning... my parents, my oldest sister... Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, Brazil 66, Stan Getz...
The first jazz records I bought were Grover Washington's "Winelight" and Chuck Mangione's "Feel So Good."
My advice to new listeners, listen with your ears, but hear with your heart.