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Wendy Kirkland: **** from Dave Gelly, The Observer, Monday 25th Sep, Read more

We are thrilled to announce that highly respected jazz critic Dave Gelly has reviewed our album, 'Piano Divas' and has awarded it 4 stars!

“Proper jazz piano, excellent band. A very classy debut”

Go here for full review:
www.theguardian.com/music/2017/sep/03/wendy-kirkland-quartet-piano-divas-review-classy-debut


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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.

See more info at wendykirkland.com

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