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Wendy Kirkland

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Wendy’s musical career began at age 10, 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

Album

Piano Divas

Label: Blue Quaver
Released: 2017
Track listing: Come Dance With Me - Bahia - Slow Boat To China - Some Other Time - Hey Good Lookin - It's Not Unusual - Be Nice - Samba Chica - Don't Worry Be Happy - Cheek To Cheek - My Baby Just Cares For Me - Meet Me Midnight -

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Track of the Day

Bahia

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Label: Blue Quaver
Released: 2017
Duration: 04:01


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