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“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

"Wendy is proof that great musicians are alive and kicking all around the UK…high quality, entertaining music."

Jim Mullen

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Presenting Wendy Kirkland: Piano Divas

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.

“The album was recorded live, with me playing and singing simultaneously – no overdubs.”

Wendy Kirkland

Between 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 been played during April 2017 as Album of the Week on www.thejazz.co.uk and promotion by the station is ongoing.
One of the original tracks, Bahia, was selected by BBC Introducing and played on Saturday 15th April 2017.
Tracks from the album were played on Radio Jazz Thing on Thursday 20th April..

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Piano Divas celebrates the work of pianist singers such as Nina Simone, Shirley Horn, Eliane Elias, Diana Krall, Blossom Dearie, Tania Maria, Dena Derose, Carol Welsman et al.

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.
CLICK TO WATCH THE VIDEO 'MY BABY JUST CARES FOR ME'
CLICK TO LISTEN TO 'BAHIA'

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UPCOMING WENDY KIRKLAND GIGS

July
13th Ego Restaurant, West Bridgford, Nottingham NG 2 7RS 8pm
15th Trippets Lounge Bar, Trippet Lane, Sheffield S1 4EL 8:30 pm
20th Chesterfield Jazz Club with Steve Buckley, guitar - Chester Street, S40 1DL 8:30pm
22nd Stray's, Middlegate, Newark NG24 1AJ, 3:30 - 5:30 pm

August
9th Head of Steam, Huddersgield HD1 1JB 8pm
16th Crimson Tree, Nottingham NG5 2FX 8pm
17th Chesterfield Jazz Club with Ed Marchewicz, flute - Chester Street, S40 1DL 8:30 pm
19th Stray's, Middlegate, Newark NG24 1AJ 3:30 - 5:30 pm

September
1st Peak Jazz Club with Kathy Dyson, venue TBA
13th Stratford Jazz, Riverside CV37 7AB - Full House Quartet featuring Pat Sprakes, guitar (tribute to Wes Montgomery) 8pm
29th Piano Divas Album Launch, Stray's, Middlegate, Newark NG24 1AJ

October
6th Peak Jazz Club, venue TBA
18th Chesterfield Jazz Club featuring Sue McCreeth - Look Back and Love Tour - Chester Street, S40 1DL 8:30pm
22nd Oxford Wine Cafe featuring Sue McCreeth - Look Back and Love Tour - Summertown, Oxford OX2 7JN 8:30pm

November
10th Alea Casino, Nottingham - 7:30
18th Stray's, Middlegate, Neward NG24 1AJ - 3:30 - 5:30
18th Almondbury Jazz Festival - Piano Divas Trio, The Woolpack, HD5 3XF
25th PIANO DIVAS- PIZZA EXPRESS, The Pheasantry, London

December
1st Peak Jazz Club venue TBA
21st Chesterfield Jazz Club Christmas Jazz Spectacular, Chester Street, S40 1DL 8:30pm
23rd Stray's Christmas Saturday from 3:30

Further gigs tbc

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CLICK ON IMAGE TO LISTEN TO 'COME DANCE WITH ME'

CONTACT

Wendy Kirkland
+44 (0)7764 587 258
wendy@wendykirkland.com
wendykirkland.com
facebook.com/wendykpiano
Twitter / Instagram @jazzkittenwendy

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