Pianist, composer, improviser, and arranger Wells Hanley has performed at major festivals and clubs all over the U.S. and Europe, including the Spoleto Festival in Italy, the Montreaux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, The North Sea Jazz Festival in the Netherlands, and Birdland and the Iridium in New York City. He has performed and/or recorded with a variety of artists including Dave Matthews, Wynton Marsalis, Betty Carter, Tom Wopat, Steven Lutvak, David Liebman, and John McCutcheon. He has co-presented at the Psychotherapy Networker Symposium using improvisation and song to help participants rediscover and reframe their stories.
Wells earned a Bachelor of Music in classical piano from JMU and a Master of Music in jazz and commercial music from Manhattan School of Music. He has taught at The New School, UVA, JMU, and VCU where he is currently on the faculty teaching jazz piano and improvisation.
Wells is an avid meditator and believes that the world can become a better place through individuals getting to know themselves better. He is a creative coach, an encourager of the authentic, and a champion of all things beautiful and artistic. Wells lives in Richmond, VA with his wife, Maria, who is also a pianist, and his son Sasha who is a cellist and a dancer.