Wells Hanley, a career pianist, improviser, arranger, and songwriter performs extensively in New York City and in Richmond, VA. Mr. Hanley has performed at reputable jazz, classical, and rock festivals all over the US and Europe, including the Spoleto Festival in Italy and the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland.
Wells studied classical piano at James Madison University in VA (BM, Summa Cum Laude), and jazz piano and composition at Manhattan School of Music (MM, Summa Cum Laude). He has taught music and improvisation at The New School and UVA and currently does so at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. He also teaches improvisation workshops for social workers, therapists, and musicians.
He is currently a co-arranger for a Broadway musical, as well as a member of Mashup-Stories into Song and The Human Song, two groups that translate average people's stories into songs through a new kind of musical theater.
Wells is available for accompanying, cowriting in all styles, and improvisation/creativity workshops in the NYC and Richmond, VA areas. He loves using music to help people connect with their communities, their personal stories, and themselves.
Currently, Mr. Hanley works as an accompanist to singers in the styles of jazz, cabaret, Broadway, rock, folk, singer/songwriter. He is a creative coach and and a co-writer of songs. He is currently co-arranger for a new Broadway musical with music and lyrics by Steven Lutvak, composer and co-lyricist of the Tony winner for best musical, "A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder".