Date: Thursday 28th October 2021
Wendy Kirkland Sextet
'Latin Lockdown Live'
Wendy Kirkland piano/voice
Pat Sprakes guitar
Wayne Matthews bass
Steve Wyndham drums
Jon Richmond percussion
and featuring Roger Beaujolais on vibraphone.
Pianist and singer Wendy Kirkland has been a mainstay of the UK Jazz scene since the late noughties, but it was her first album, Piano Divas, released in 2017 that began her ascent to wider recognition as a “Singing Pianist”, as dubbed by Jazz Journal.
The ability to sing at the same time as comping and craft solos on the piano or unison piano/voice scat lines is her forte, with influences such as Diana Krall, Eliane Elias and Dena DeRose.
Further accolades were given for her 2019 release The Music’s On Me, dubbed “a huge leap forward” by Jazz Views. Both albums prompted ACE funded tours all over the UK and constant radio airplay ever since.
During lockdown from March 2020, Wendy and guitarist/bassist husband Pat Sprakes entertained with a daily dose of Latin American music on Facebook which they entitled Latin Lockdowns.
After 86 such performances they decided it was time to move on to other musical endeavours, but were amazed and pleased to receive daily messages from people who described the videos in such terms as “a ray of sunshine” in their lockdown situations.
The daily lockdown tune from Kirkland’s own home filled the music void of many, but “a live performance to a live audience…that is what I’m looking forward to,” she said. “Most musicians, if they couldn’t perform, might not play. Giving myself a purpose to play the piano kept me going until I could get out and perform again.”
“Terrific pianist, assured and full of surprises” ***** Dave Gelly, The Observer
“Mellow & Stylish” - Clive Davis, The Sunday Times
“One of the great unsung heroines of British jazz. The lucid warmth of her singing is accompanied by her highly accomplished piano playing” - The Jazzman
Doors and Licensed Bar from 6.30pm.
Suppers served from 6.30pm, before the music starts at 7.30pm
Show Only Tickets : Adults : £15.00, Under21s : £7.50
Two-Course Supper : £15.00
Supper Menu :
Beef Bourguignon with red wine, shallots and carrots with Dauphinoise potatoes, steamed broccoli with almonds
Tomato, Sweet Potato and Chick Pea Stew with cumin and herbs (Vegan)
Plum and Almond Crumble, served with Clotted Cream
Plum Compote with Vegan Crumble and Coconut Cream
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