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Two Piano Jazz Concert feat. Steve Melling with Wendy Kirkland - Cancelled

Type:Music - Jazz

Chesterfield Library Theatre
New Beetweel Street
S40 1QN
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Steve Melling and Wendy Kirkland


In March 2019, Steve and Wendy performed a specially arranged duo piano set at Pizza Express, Soho, as part of the Steinway Two Piano concert festival. They now bring it to Chesterfield.

Steve Melling was brought up in Preston, Lancashire, UK and began classical piano lessons at age 9 but began to teach himself jazz at around 11 years old. The first time he actually spoke to what he thought of as 'real' or 'professional' jazz musicians was when he asked the members of the legendary Stan Tracey's quartet to autograph one of their vinyl albums at a gig in Preston in 1976 when he was 17.

Without knowing it Steve would meet and work with these musicians; Stan, Art Themen, Bryan Spring and Dave Green later in his career and always learn from the experiences. Steve studied at Goldsmiths' College in London, joining the National Youth Jazz Orchestra around that time. He began playing professionally in the late 1970s, touring with Harry Beckett and Elton Dean, and in 1986 received the first Pat Smythe Memorial Trust Award, presented to him by the late Ronnie Scott. Steve has also worked with a number of American jazz luminaries most notably Elvin Jones' Jazz Machine, Phil Woods and Benny Golson. The 1990s were a very busy time for Steve. He appeared regularly at Ronnie Scott's with his trio and with Alan Skidmore, Claire Martin and Peter King and recorded albums with them.

Wendy Kirkland is Chesterfield born and bred, but continues to work throughout the UK and Europe with musicians such as Alan Barnes, Dave O'Higgins, Tony Kofi, Karen Sharp, Jim Mullen and many more.
"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
"Kirkland impresses on every level. Superb. Recommended." ★★★★ Matt Ruddick, Kind of Jazz
"Convincing, zestful, swinging. A refreshing tribute to pianists like herself: Diana Krall, Eliane Elias, Nina Simone" ★★★ Jazzwise
"Wow. WOW! A cracker - and brilliantly delivered." – Linley Hamilton, BBC Radio.

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Tickets available from Chesterfield Visitor Information Centre (01246 345777)



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Road Directions

The Library has no car park of its own, the directions below are to the nearest car parks.

From North/South Leave M1 at junction 29 and follow A617 to Chesterfield (approx 4 miles). At traffic light controlled roundabout select middle lane and take 3rd exit. At next roundabout select middle lane and take 2nd exit (Lordsmill Street). Select left hand lane and take first left (Beetwell Street). Follow road for approx 500 yards (passing Vicar Lane multi storey car park), and turn left down Park Road. Take first left turning into Beetwell Street multi storey car park.

For surface car parks at traffic light controlled roundabout select left lane and take 3rd exit. Keep in left lane and, at roundabout take 1st exit (continuous lane). At traffic lights select right hand lane and go straight on. At roundabout (traffic light controlled) keep in right lane and take 4th exit turning left into Rutland Road. Select right hand lane and at traffic lights at top of hill turn right. Take 3rd right turning (Rose Hill East) and turn into car park on left or right.

From East Follow A617 to junction with M1 motorway, then follow route from North/South.

From West Follow A619 to Chesterfield. At traffic light controlled roundabout (Lidl on left) select middle lane and take 2nd exit turning left into Rutland Road. Select right hand lane and at traffic lights at top of hill turn right. Take 3rd right turning (Rose Hill East) and turn into car park on left or right.

Public Transport Directions

Nearest train station Chesterfield, 10-15 minutes walk away

Any bus to Chesterfield town centre

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