Thursday 8 December 2016

NJN Jazz Advent Calendar - Wendy Kirkland & Pat Sprakes (Dec 8th)

Marking the start of the second week of our Jazz Advent is a duo featuring pianist/vocalist Wendy Kirkland and guitarist Pat Sprakes.

Click here to listen to their recording of the beautiful "Pure Imagination', a tune featured in Charlie and the Chocolate Family and often recorded by jazz artists -

Wendy has been performing as a jazz pianist and singer for over 15 years, following a career in 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 cut his jazz teeth with Tony Kofi, Darius Brubeck and has performed with 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.

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