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Piano Divas – Album Launch 2017

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8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
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Wendy Kirkland // Keys/Vocals

Wendy Kirkland Quartet...

The concept of a quartet featuring Wendy Kirkland (piano & voice) was formed in early 2015 to celebrate the singer pianists who have earned their rightful place in jazz history. These include Diana Krall, Eliane Elias, Blossom Dearie and Nina Simone, and also those deserving more attention such as Shirley Horn, Dena Derose, Carol Welsman and Tania Maria.

Joining Wendy is a top class band; Pat Sprakes on guitar, Paul Jefferies on bass and Stevie Smith on drums. Between them they have worked with UK and international jazz luminaries such as Darius Brubeck, Jim Mullen, Tony Kofi, Karen Sharpe, Phil Robson, Alan Barnes and Roger Beaujolais.

Your ticket includes the price of a glass of Prosecco and nibbles. We also have a limited menu available on the night – available to pre-order with your tickets for a small discount. Food is served from 7:00pm and the music starts at 8:00pm.

We look forward to seeing you for a night of great jazz…


Pat Sprakes // Guitar


Paul Jeffries // Bass


Stevie Smith // Drums

Praise for Piano Divas

“Proper jazz piano, excellent band, a very classy debut” – Dave Gelly, The Observer

“Mellow and stylish” – Clive Davis, the Times

“A refreshing tribute to pianist singers like herself; Diana Krall, Nina Simone, Eliane Elias” – Jazzwise

“Wendy plays and sings with great passion and this first recording could just mark the beginning of much deserved recognition.” – Alan Barnes

“Wendy is proof that great musicians are alive and kicking all around the UK and that they don’t have to be products of our music colleges to create high quality, entertaining music.” – Jim Mullen

“I’ve had the pleasure of playing music with Wendy & Pat a few times & their relaxed attitude & superb musicianship means I always look forward to the next time!” – Roger Beaujolais




We recommend pre-ordering food for this event. Doors open at 7:00pm, so you can eat either before the gig or during the break (approx 8:45). Secondary seating areas have tables and chairs, which means you can eat during the gig in these areas.

Pre-booked food is available at these online prices only.


Slow boat to China

Wendy Kirkland// Quartet.

From the new album Piano Divas

My Baby Just Cares for Me

Wendy Kirkland// Quartet.

From the new album Piano Divas