Release date: 2008
Recorded at Eastcote Studios London
Illustration: Izzie Klingels
Wendy performed jazz at many London venues over the last years, including the National Theatre to the iconic underground Soho bar, The Black Gardenia known for launching the careers of many a vintage jazz songstress, including fellow performers Paloma Faith. The Lilac Wine album was recorded in 2008 with jazz pianist Barry Green of whom she gigged with extensively at this time.
Making her stage debut in 2009 at the Hackney Empire, in the Rififi Theatre Company’s adaptation of Wedekinds LULU. Wendy played a lost and mysterious Jazz Singer from the forgotten, Berlin underworld moonlighting as narrator and songstress the part was created for Wendy, by theatre Director Rachel Snider. The following year the play ran at the Edinburgh festival, where Wendy performed at The Famous Spiegeltent; which later led Wendy to work with theatre company Punch Drunk on their London show the Black Diamond playing the mysterious jazz chanteuse Lola.
In 2010 Wendy started to collaborate with rising star of the UK jazz scene, trumpeter and composer Matthew Halsall and the of Gondwana Orchestra writing an album of balad’s which was due to be released on the Gondwana label later that year. She also launched her monthly Jazz club night at London’s night club Bungalow 8 where she hosted top acts including the Partisans, Polar Bear and played with top musicians including pianist Ivo Neame.