“Proper jazz piano, excellent band ****….” – Dave Gelly, The Observer
“Mellow and stylish” – Clive Davis, The Sunday Times
“A bright and auspicious debut. She swings, is confident and has an engaging delivery, what’s not to like?” – John Martin, Jazz Rag
“A refreshing tribute to pianist singers like herself: Diana Krall, Nina Simone, Eliane Elias” –Jazzwise Magazine
Wendy Kirkland is the product of an incredibly musical family who is largely self taught; well, at least for jazz! Her voice has attracted comments such as “lucid warmth” (The JazzMann) and “vocal acrobatics” (Bebop Spoken Here). She has been a regular on the UK jazz circuit since 2002 and has been praised highly by fellow musicians Jim Mullen, Alan Barnes and Roger Beaujolais for her innate musicianship.
Here she presents a tribute to one of her major influences, Blossom Dearie. Blossom Dearie was a singer, and in addition, a fabulously accomplished pianist. Wendy’s voice has been compared a combination of Blossom Dearie and Diana Krall and her pianistic style, with complex harmonic voicings, has been described as a happy marriage of Wynton Kelly and Eliane Elias.
Pat Sprakes – double bass. Pat cut his jazz teeth with Tony Kofi, Darius Brubeck and has performed for Robben Ford. As a guitarist, his biggest influences are Wes Montgomery and George Benson, and he has a great love of latin rhythms. He is an excellent accompanist as well as a clear and melodic soloist.
Jon Richmond – drums
when & where
- Mar 8, 2020, 1300 - 1500
Loughborough Road, Hoton, Loughborough LE12 5SL
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