wendy kirkland trio - blossom time 17. MarchMar. 2024 06:30pm


East Marsh United and Docks Academy presents Wendy Kirkland Trio on Sunday 17th March.

Sunday 17th March 2024

Doors 6:30pm | Start 7:30pm
Ages 14+ (U18s to be accompanied)
Advance Tickets | £9 + Fees
The audience for this show will be seated

All ticket sales handled by See Tickets.

UK-born and bred Wendy Kirkland is a world-class jazz pianist and vocalist whose debut album 'Piano Divas' made such an impact when it was released in March 2017 that it was immediately snapped up for distribution by Discovery Records and made the Album of the Week slot twice in one year on The Jazz UK radio, shortly followed by overwhelming critical acclaim from the national mainstream and jazz press. More airplay of the album followed on BBC Radio 2 and 3, JazzFM and BBC Radio Scotland and Ulster.

Since then, she has released two albums, The Music's On Me (2019) and Latin Lowdown (2021) which showcase her very wide range of abilities to work with a broad palette of styles from swing, jazz and bossa nova to funk, Afro Cuban montunos and beyond.

From March to August 2020 she ran an extremely popular Facebook video series 'Latin Lockdown' that ran throughout 2020's lockdowns and included 86 pieces of Brazilian and Afro-Cuban music, leading to her nomination for an APPJAG Lockdown Innovation Award, and a booking at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club which she has now played five times, with another date for January 2024 booked.

She is also playing the Steinway 2 Piano Festival in March 2024 with Grammy-voting member Charu Suri, who has an album in the US Jazz Charts with Steve Gadd and John Pattituci.

Her latest show, Blossom Time, is a project based around Blossom Dearie, to whom her voice has been likened, and will feature songs written by Blossom, Dave Frishberg, Bob Dorough and Johnny Mandel, with whom she frequently collaborated.

"Terrific pianist and singer. Assured and full of surprises." – ★★★★ Dave Gelly, The Observer
"She's a jazz pianist and she's a jazz singer, and does both with feeling and flair."★★★★ Nigel Jarrett, Jazz Journal
"Kirkland expands her original creativity. Inspired, fluent piano." ★★★★ Ian Mann, The JazzMann
"Convincing, zestful, swinging. Refreshing tribute to those such as herself; Diana Krall, Nina Simone." Jazzwise
"Kirkland impresses on every level. Superb. Recommended." ★★★★ Matt Ruddick, Kind of Jazz
"Wow. WOW! A cracker - and brilliantly delivered." – Linley Hamilton, BBC Radio

East Marsh United is delighted to be working in partnership with Docks Academy to bring the best in British Jazz to the area. EMU secured funding from Arts Council England to deliver a grassroots music programme for the next two years. As well as bringing a number of excellent performers to the area, the project will offer young people opportunities to rehearse and record their own music, put on their own live events and have mentoring and support from local professional musicians. There will also be community music-making events and workshops.

We hope that the project will be the beginning of a longer-term partnership focused on bringing great jazz back to Grimsby.

Advance Tickets are now on sale, priced at £9, fees. The age requirement for this event is 14 plus (U18s to be accompanied).

Our ticket sales are handled by Seetickets.com. Seetickets’ policy is that all tickets are non-refundable unless, during the checkout process, you pay extra to protect your tickets. In this event, you may be able to claim a refund from Seetickets, if your reason for cancellation is covered by their terms and conditions. Docks Academy is unable to process refunds in all circumstances. Please note this event is for people aged 14 and over. Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Anyone aged under 14 will be refused admission and no refunds will be issued for tickets purchased for under 14s, whether or not ticket protection has been paid for.


Docks Academy has a wheelchair-accessible lift which provides access to the first floor. We are committed to making the venue accessible to everyone and we endeavour to accommodate all access requirements within the constraints of our historic building, and health and safety regulations. Please do contact us prior to your visit so we are aware of your access needs. Email tickets@docksacademy.com or phone 07733244110.

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