Based in Berkeley, California, Hans Wendl Produktion provides a wide range of services to musicians, from record production to management, booking, and publishing administration. Among our clients are such jazz luminaries as Bill Frisell, Dafnis Prieto, and Edward Simon. Hans Wendl¹s record productions with musicians such as Don Byron, Charlie Haden, Bill Frisell, Ravi Shankar, Peter Apfelbaum, Medeski Martin & Wood, and Tin Hat Trio have received numerous international prizes, including six Grammy nominations, and a Grammy Award for Ravi Shankar’s “Full Circle ­ Carnegie Hall 2000.” Wendl’s interests and expertise are wide ranging, embracing first and foremost jazz, but also classical, Indian, African, Latin, Brazilian, Scandinavian, and film music.

Wendl began his career in the music business in the mid-1970s with ECM Records in his hometown of Munich and was associated with the renowned German label for twelve years before moving to California in 1986. Since then, he has been active as an independent producer, label director (Gramavision/ Rykodisc, 1995-97), manager, booking agent, and consultant for a distinguished list of musicians.

Hans Wendl’s Producer Discography

Allison Miller’s Boom Tic Boom Otis Was a Polar Bear (Royal Potato Family, 2016)
John Schott Actual Trio (Tzadik, 2015)
Myra Melford Snowy Egret (Enja/Yellowbird, 2015)
Ron Miles with Bill Frisell and Brian Blade Circuit Rider (Enja/Yellowbird, 2014)
Ron Miles with Bill Frisell and Brian Blade Quiver (Enja/Yellowbird 2012)
Don Byron New Gospel Quintet Love, Peace, and Soul (Savoy Jazz, 2012)
Don Byron Do the Boomerang: The Music of Junior Walker (Blue Note, 2006)
Todd Sickafoose Blood Orange (Secret Hatch, 2006)
Peter Apfelbaum & the NY Hieroglyphics  It Is Written (ACT, 2005)
Beth Custer My Grandmother- Soundtrack (BC Records, 2005)
Don Byron Ivey-Divey (Blue Note, 2004) N, T
Tin Hat Trio Book of Silk (Ropeadope,  2004)
Faun Fables/Dawn McCarthy Early Song (Drag City, 2004)
Tin Hat Trio  The Rodeo Eroded (Ropeadope, 2002)
Don Byron You Are #6  (Blue Note, 2001)
Anoushka Shankar Live at Carnegie Hall (EMI/Angel, 2001) N
Ravi Shankar Full Circle – Carnegie Hall 2000 (EMI/Angel, 2001) G
Don Byron A Fine Line: Arias and Lieder (Blue Note, 2000)
Tin Hat Trio Helium (EMI/Angel, 2000)
Don Byron Romance With The Unseen (Blue Note, 1999)
Vinicius Cantuária Tucuma (Verve, 1999)
Tin Hat Trio Memory Is An Elephant (EMI/Angel, 1999)
Ron Miles Woman’s Day (Gramavision, 1997)
Peter Apfelbaum Luminous Charms (Gramavision, 1996)
Bill Frisell/Kermit Driscoll/Joey Baron Live (Gramavision, 1995)
Don Byron Music for Six Musicians (Nonesuch, 1995)
Charlie Haden Quartet West Always Say Goodbye (Verve, 1994) N *
Don Byron Don Byron Plays the Music of Mickey Katz (Nonesuch, 1993)
Kamikaze Ground Crew Madam Marie’s Temple of Knowledge (New World, 1993)
Charlie Haden Quartet West Haunted Heart (Verve, 1992) N **
Peter Apfelbaum & The Hieroglyphics Ensemble Jodoji Brightness (Antilles, 1992)
New York Composers Orchestra First Program in Standard Time (New World, 1992)
Music of Norway (Various Artists) Nordisk Sang (New Albion, 1991)
Charlie Haden & The Liberation Music Orchestra Dream Keeper (Verve, 1991) N ***
Peter Apfelbaum & The Hieroglyphics Ensemble Signs of Life (Antilles, 1991) N
Charlie Haden Quartet West In Angel City (Verve, 1988)
Charlie Haden Quartet West (Verve, 1987)
The Everyman Band Without Warning (ECM, 1984)
Gary Burton Quartet Picture This (ECM, 1982)

As Rykodisc/Gramavision Label Director and Executive Producer (1995-97):

Vinicius Cantuária  Sol Na Cara
Arto Lindsay Remixes Hyper Civilizado
Medeski Martin and Wood Shack-man
Medeski Martin and Wood Bubblehouse (Remixes)
Ron Miles Woman’s Day
Ron Miles My Cruel Heart
Clusone Trio Love Henry
Clusone Trio I Am An Indian
Myra Melford The Same River, Twice
Peter Apfelbaum Luminous Charms
Oranj Symphonette Plays Mancini
Bill Frisell/Kermit Driscoll/Joey Baron Live


White: A Memoir in Color (2012)
Music by Don Byron. Directed by Joel Katz.

My Grandmother (BC Records, 2004)
Music by Beth Custer. Directed by Kote Mikaberidze.

Strange Fruit  (PBS, 2002)
Music by Don Byron. Directed by Joel Katz.

Walk Don’t Walk  (ZDF/Arte TV, Germany/France, 2001)
Music by Don Byron. Directed by Thomas Struck.


Dave Douglas Collection Scores and Solos (Cherry Lane/Hal Leonard, 2005)
Bill Frisell An Anthology (Cherry Lane/Hal Leonard, 2001)


G: Grammy Award Winner (Best World Music Album)
N: Grammy nominated
T: Album of the Year, Jazz Times Magazine Critics Poll 2004
*: Jazz Album of the Year-Down Beat Critics& Readers Polls 1994;
German Record Critics Award
**: Time Magazine “Ten Best Albums of 1992”; Academie Du Jazz “Oscar” (France),
German Record Critics Award
***: Jazz Album of the Year – Down Beat Critics Poll 1992;
“Bronze Disc Award”- Swing Journal (Japan)