Event

Piano Divas
19
May
2019

Piano Divas

  • Location:Huddersfield
  • Venue:Café Society
  • Length:02:00 pm – 04:00 pm

Come join us in Café Society for the third of our acts as part of our Spring & Summer 2019 season.  Huddersfield Jazz and Café Society are proud to present the Piano Divas.

Biog:

UK born and bred Wendy Kirkland is a world class jazz pianist and vocalist whose debut album ‘Piano Divas’ made such an impact when it was released in March 2017 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, shortly followed by overwhelming critical acclaim from the national mainstream and jazz press.  More airplay of the album followed on Clare Teal’s Radio 2 show, Alyn Shipton’s Jazz Record Requests on Radio 3, Helen Mayhew’s shows on JazzFM and latterly BBC Radio Scotland by Clare Teal’s Scottish counterpart Seonaid Aitken.  All have noted her swinging style, equally as adept with the Great American Songbook as with Brazilian bossa nova and her own original songs.
Described as “the unsung heroine of British Jazz” by esteemed jazz critic Ian Mann and “mellow and stylish” by Clive Davis of the Sunday Times, Wendy will be performing songs from her album which contains fresh arrangements of songs made famous by jazzwomen who started out as pianists then learned to serenade the audience too, as Wendy has done.  These include Diana Krall, Eliane Elias, Shirley Horn, Nina Simone and Blossom Dearie.  Wendy tells the story of these women and how they inspired her to strive to become the UK’s leading exponent of jazz piano and voice, with equal merit in both.
Accolades:
“A very classy debut.” – Dave Gelly – The Observer
“Mellow and stylish.” – Clive Davis – The Sunday Times
Line-Up:

Wendy Kirkland – Piano & Voice
Pat Sprakes – Guitar
Mike Green – Double Bass
Caroline Boaden – Drums