Wendy Kirkland (piano and voice) with her quartet - celebrates pianist singers of jazz: Diana Krall, Nina Simone, Blossom Dearie, Eliane Elias, Tania Maria. The show features material from her debut album 'Piano Divas' - her own arrangements of songs made popular by these women, combined with sparkling original material which blends perfectly into the set.
Wendy's superb pianistic skills and warm voice have been lauded by jazz critics and fellow musicians alike:
"Proper jazz piano, excellent band. 4*" - Dave Gelly, The Observer
"Refreshing tribute to pianist singers like herself: Diana Krall, Nina Simone, Blossom Dearie" - Jazzwise
"One of the great unsung heroines of British Jazz - " - The Jazz Mann
"The beginning of much deserved recognition" - Alan Barnes
"Great musicians and high quality music" Jim Mullen
Wendy is joined by her quartet featuring musicians who have collectively worked worldwide with jazz greats such as Darius Brubeck, Joey DeFrancesco, The Crusaders, Ruby Turner, Tony Kofi, Alan Barnes and Jim Mullen.
The album was released in March 2017 and within a week was selected as Album of the Week on The Jazz UK. It has received airplay on more than 15 radio stations worldwide including BBC stations, Canadian and US stations devoted to jazz. The album was snapped up for distribution by Discovery Records in June and has received critical acclaim from all reviewers.