Wendy Kirkland : Piano Divas
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Wendy Kirkland's latest project 'Piano Divas' is wowing UK audiences. Following on from a sell-out tour in Nottinghamshire earlier this year, she is set to play further dates in 2016. The concept of a quartet featuring Wendy Kirkland (piano and voice) was formed in early 2015 to celebrate the singer pianists who have earned their rightful place in jazz history. These include Diana Krall, Eliane Elias, Blossom Dearie and Nina Simone, and also those deserving more attention such as Shirley Horn, Dena Derose, Carol Welsman and Tania Maria. Wendy has been performing on the piano since the age of 10 and singing jazz for 15 years in various ensembles, appearing at jazz clubs and festivals throughout the UK. Wendy’s skilful mastery of keyboard and ability to sing and play simultaneously been likened by one critic to Shirley Horn. A pianist first and foremost, she was persuaded to sing by several fans and never looked back. Wendy is joined by a top class band; Pat Sprakes on guitar, Paul Jefferies on bass and Steve Smith/Clive Loveday on drums. Between them they have worked with UK and international jazz luminaries such as Darius Brubeck, Jim Mullen, Tony Kofi, Karen Sharpe, Phil Robson, Alan Barnes and Roger Beaujolais.
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