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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, The Music’s On Me, which contains fresh arrangements of jazz classics, originals and jazz instrumentals from Wes Montgomery, Don Grolnick, Michel Petrucciani and Russell Malone with lyrics written by Wendy. Inspired by Diana Krall, Eliane Elias, Shirley Horn, Nina Simone and Blossom Dearie, Wendy tells the story of how she was inspired her to strive to become the UK’s leading exponent of jazz piano and voice, with equal merit in both. Wendy is joined by a band who have performed with the UK’s top jazz players as well as US stars such as Darius Brubeck. Pat Sprakes (guitar), Paul Jefferies (double bass) and Steve Wyndham (drums)

Current projects include The Music’s On Me 2019/2020 Album Tour, Piano Divas, a tribute to the female pianist singers of jazz; Sextet including sax supremo Tommaso Starace and vibes virtuoso Roger Beaujolais; 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. They met by chance on a gig and have been making music together ever since.      

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Terrific pianist and singer. Assured and full of surprises.
★★★★ Dave Gelly, The Observer
She's a jazz pianist and she's a jazz singer, and does both with feeling and flair
★★★★ Nigel Jarrett, Jazz Journal
Kirkland expands her original creativity. Inspired, fluent piano
★★★★ Ian Mann, The JazzMann
Convincing, zestful, swinging. Refreshing tribute to pianist singers such as herself; Diana Krall, Blossom Dearie, Eliane Elias
★★★ Jazzwise
Kirkland impresses on every level. Superb. Recommended
★★★★ Matt Ruddick, Kind of Jazz
Wow. WOW! A cracker - and brilliantly delivered
Linley Hamilton, BBC Radio

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