Fri 15th Mar 2019, 7:30pm

Wendy Kirkland

The Cinnamon Club, Altrincham

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“A bright and auspicious debut. She swings, is confident and has an engaging delivery. What’s not to like?” John Martin, Jazz Rag

“A very classy debut.” Dave Gelly - The Observer

“Mellow and stylish” Clive Davis - Sunday Times

"Unsung heroine of British Jazz - the lucid warmth of her singing is accompanied by her highly accomplished piano playing" The Jazz Mann

"This first recording could just mark the beginning of much deserved recognition." Alan Barnes

The idea of a show featuring the work of pianist singers such as Nina Simone, Eliane Elias, Diana Krall, Blossom Dearie came from the meeting of minds of the band members; but who could produce such a performance?

There are few pianists in jazz today that can step up to the mark of singing whilst playing and rather than simply accompanying themselves, can exhibit superb technical and harmonic ability at the piano. Wendy is that pianist singer.

Joined by the superb guitar talents of Pat Sprakes who was asked by Darius Brubeck to join his band on tour in Nottingham; Paul Jefferies who is a founder member of Gypsy Fire and Ben Holder Quartet; Stevie Smith who is a consummate professional drummer who has drummed with Blur on their iconic 90s tours. Amongst them they have performed with jazz luminaries including Jim Mullen, Bobby Shew, Dave O' Higgins, Jean Toussaint, Bruce Adams, Alan Barnes, The Matthew Herbert Big Band, Tony Kofi, Nigel Price, Phil Robson.

The album has enjoyed overwhelmingly positive feedback from national media...
...Including

• Airplay on Helen Mayhew’s JazzFM show on 29th March 2018
• Airplay on Clare Teal’s BBC Radio 2 show on 7th Jan 2018
• A slot at Pizza Express in London on 25th November 2017
• Album of the week April and December 2017 on The Jazz UK radio plus ongoing weekly airplay
• Airplay (continuing) on 50+ worldwide stations including BBC, US and Canadian stations
• Reviews in The Observer (4 stars), Independent, Jazzwise magazine, Jazz Journal - incoming
• A UK/EU distribution deal from Discovery Records. They have placed Piano Divas in Ray’s Jazz in London, Amazon.co.uk and HMV amongst others.

Wendy sings and plays tunes from the Great American Songbook plus Latin and groove numbers. Having worked with jazz greats including Alan Barnes, Jim Mullen, Roger Beaujolais and BBC Jazz Award winner Karen Sharp, Wendy is a firmly established UK jazz artist.

Wendy Kirkland

“Proper jazz piano, excellent band. A very classy debut” – Dave Gelly, The Observer "Refreshing...

Pat Sprakes

UK established jazz guitarist who has worked with Tony Kofi, Alan Barnes, Jim Mullen, Nigel Price...

Paul Jefferies

Paul Jefferies is an accomplished bassist and teacher based in Oxfordshire, England. He is bassist...

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