“A refreshing tribute to pianist singers like herself: Diana Krall, Nina Simone, Eliane Elias.” – Jazzwise
“Proper jazz piano, excellent band. A very classy debut.” **** – Dave Gelly, The Observer
Piano Divas is Wendy Kirkland’s celebration of female singer/pianists who have earned their rightful place in jazz history – from Nina Simone, Blossom Dearie, Eliane Elias,Shirley Horn, Tania Maria and Diana Krall, to lesser known artists such as the wonderful Dena DeRose.
With a voice that has been likened to Blossom Dearie with hints of Diana Krall, Wendy’s influences range from Nat King Cole, Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgeraldand Oscar Peterson, to Bill Evans, Wynton Kelly, Chick Corea and Michel Petrucciani.
Wendy’s appropriately titled Piano Divas CD made such an impact upon it release, that it was immediately snapped up for distribution by Discovery Records and made the Album of the Week slot twice in one year on The Jazz UK radio station.
This was soon followed by overwhelming critical acclaim from the national mainstream and jazz press, garnering a plethora of plaudits since its release. “Mellow and stylish,” said Clive Davis of The Sunday Times, while Jazz Views commented that it was “first rate.”
More album airplay followed on Clare Teal’s Radio 2 show, Alyn Shipton’s Jazz Record Requests on Radio 3, Helen Mayhew’s Jazz FM shows and BBC Radio Scotland. All noted Wendy’s swinging style, and her being equally adept with the Great American Songbook as with Brazilian bossa nova and her own original compositions.
One of the great unsung heroines of British jazz, Wendy’s lucid warmth in her singing is accompanied by her highly accomplished piano playing. She most definitely swings, has an engaging delivery and knows how to communicate with her audience.
Wendy will be performing material from the album, which contains fresh arrangements of songs made famous by those aforementioned female jazz artists – all of whom started out as pianists, then learned to serenade the audience too.
Wendy Kirkland (Piano/Vocals), Pat Sprakes (Guitar), Paul Jefferies (Double Bass), Steve Wyndham (Drums).
when & where
- Feb 3, 2019, 19:30
Church Street, Colchester CO1 1NF, Essex.
about Colchester Arts Centre Jazz Club
- £14 / £12 Concessions. Students: 2-for-1