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Dr Linley Hamilton England Tour 2020
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Linley has been a part of the Irish music scene for over twenty years and since then he has juggled a career as a trumpet player with being a BBC Jazz Broadcaster and a Lecturer in Music at Ulster University Magee.
There have been many career highlights in the past with significant performances or recordings with Paul Brady, Van Morrison, Foy Vance, Eleanor McEvoy, Jacqui Dankworth, ASIWYFA, to name a few, but he is working just as hard as ever these days and is celebrating success with his own recent albums ‘In Transition’ and ‘Taylor Made’ with his quintet which features Johnny Taylor piano, Damien Evans bass, Julien Colarossi guitar and Dominic Mullen drums.
The album is available on iTunes and Amazon and from www.lyterecords.com.
The last five years has seen a concerted effort to reroute himself in Jazz, having graduated from DIT Dublin with a 1st Class Masters in Jazz Performance and the celebrated Student Academic Medal, and followed that up with a PhD in Jazz Performance at Ulster University Magee...and is now Dr Linley Hamilton!!! The Radio Show is still going strong and has moved to a Friday night at 10pm on BBC Radio Ulster…the show called…Jazzworld with Linley Hamilton.
There are weekly interviews and last year alone such guests have included Liane Carroll, Vince Mendoza, Adam Nussbaum and John Goldsby. Recordings in the past year or two have seen Linley guest on albums by Ronnie Greer, Anthony Toner, Ex Magician, Malibu Shark Attack, ASIWYFA and Dana Masters.
The big news is that Linley has just recorded his biggest album of his career to date…Linley Hamilton – Making other Arrangements…on Teddy D Records…its release date is 23 March 2018 and is with a large ensemble including full rhythm section, saxes, woodwind and an 11-piece string section.
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“Proper jazz piano, excellent band. A very classy debut” – Dave Gelly, The Observer "Refreshing tribute to pianist singers like herself: Diana Krall, Nina Simone, Eliane Elias" - Jazzwise "Mellow and stylish" - Clive Davis, The Sunday Times "One of the great unsung heroines of British jazz. The lucid warmth of her singing is accompanied by her highly accomplished piano playing." The JazzMann "This first recording could just mark the beginning of much deserved recognition." Alan Barnes "Wendy is proof that great musicians are alive and kicking all around the UK and that they don’t have to be products of our music colleges to create high quality, entertaining music." Jim Mullen "I’ve had the pleasure of playing music with Wendy & Pat a few times & their relaxed attitude & superb musicianship means I always look forward to the next time!" Roger Beaujolais Wendy's musical career began at age 8, when she started taking piano lessons. She won a scholarship to have all her lessons paid for by Derbyshire Music, and continued to take her ABRSM piano grades. Switching to jazz in her late teens, Wendy continued her playing career as a dance class pianist, accompanist to singers and as a keyboardist in club bands. After being persuaded to sing by a great friend and guitarist, Bill McCreath, Wendy learned to reach people who are perhaps turned off by instrumental jazz, as she learnt to communicate with the audience through the songs. Wendy's voice has been likened to Blossom Dearie with hints of Diana Krall. Her influences range from Nat King Cole, Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald through Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans, Wynton Kelly to Chick Corea, Eliane Elias and Michel Petrucciani. Current projects include Piano Divas, a tribute to the female pianist singers of jazz; hammond organ jazz outfit Organik Fource featuring Pat Sprakes on guitar and guest saxophonist; Organik Trio Goes To The Movies and The Organik Cookbook celebrating the early soul-jazz albums of George Benson. Wendy is married to jazz guitarist and bass player Pat Sprakes. They met by chance on a gig and have been making music together ever since.
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UK established jazz guitarist who cut his teeth working with Tony Kofi in the 1990s. He was selected by Darius Brubeck to perform as part of his quartet based on a live performance. He performed for US superstar guitarist Robben Ford around the same time. Since then, Pat has been working with artists such as Wendy Kirkland, Alan Barnes, Jim Mullen, Karen Sharp, Nigel Price and has performed at clubs and festivals throughout the UK such as Brecon, Cheltenham, Edinburgh, Pershore, Marsden, and more.
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