Female singer and Pianist
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 exams .
Switching to Jazz in her late teens, Wendy continued her playing career as a dance class pianist , accompanist to singers and as 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 connect with the audience through songs . Her voice has been likened to Blossom Dearie with hints of Diana Krall .
Wendy's influence range from from Nat King Cole , Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald through to Oscar Peterson , Bill Evans ,Wyton Kelly to Chick Corea , Eliane Elias and Michel Petrucciani .
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 .
"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 those such as herself; Diana Krall, Nina Simone." Jazzwise
"Kirkland impresses on every level. Superb. Recommended." ★★★★ Matt Ruddick, Kind of Jazz
"Wow. WOW! A cracker - and brilliantly delivered." – Linley Hamilton, BBC Radio
Based on Vocals and Piano solo performance up to 2 x 45 minute sets
Based on Vocals / Piano and Guitar duo performance up to 2 x 45 minute sets
All prices include :
Public liability insurance PAT testing cover .
Travel surcharge : Free travel within the Derbyshire , Nottinghamshire area. Additional milage is based on 0.30 pence mile round trip .