THE WENDY KIRKLAND 2019 TOUR
Wendy Kirkland – piano and voice
Wendy has been performing as a jazz pianist singer for over 15 years, following a career bands of many genres such as pop, rock and funk. She has performed all over the UK with players such as Karen Sharp, Jim Mullen, Stuart MacDonald, Christian Brewer, Roger Beaujolais, Fat Chops Big Band and Alan Barnes. Her voice has been compared to Blossom Dearie and Diana Krall and her pianistic style, with complex harmonic voicings, has been described as a happy marriage of Wynton Kelly and Eliane Elias.
Pat Sprakes – guitar
Pat Sprakes cut his jazz teeth with Tony Kofi, Darius Brubeck and has performed for Robben Ford. As a guitarist, his biggest influences are Wes Montgomery and George Benson, and he has a great love of latin rhythms. He is an excellent accompanist as well as a clear and melodic soloist.
Paul Jefferies – double bass
A hugely entertaining player with an inventive, lyrical approach he is well known for his superb sense of time and rhythmic playing. He can be seen all around the UK performing with an array of ensembles and luminaries including Tommaso Starace, Tina May, Nicolas Meier and Art Themen: he’s a member of GYPSY FIRE, the Frank Hockney Project, the Ben Holder Quartet/Quintet and his own chord-less trio TANTRUM.
Steve Wyndham – drums
Steve began his professional career touring with the Herb Miller Orchestra age 19. In 1994 he took a year out to complete a P.G Diploma in Advanced Jazz and Studio music at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Following graduation, Steve continued with Herb and also worked in small groups lead by Stan Sultzman, Trudy Kerr and many others. As well as performing in the UK, Steve has held jazz group residences on cruise ships and in Dubai’s InterContinental Hotel. He has toured with theatre shows in Brazil, Canada, Europe and the Middle East. Most recently Steve has been performing with Wendy Kirkland, Brandon Allen, Purdy, Hugh Turner and Stefan Redtenbacher. Steve is well known for his versatility and can be heard playing many styles from samba to funk. As well as maintaining his busy playing career, Steve has been the specialist drum kit teacher at Eton College since 1999.