Born: October 31, 1982
Anita Eccleston is a Kamloops-born, Vancouver-based bandleader; a vocalist and trumpet player performing music that ranges from traditional jazz standards to funk, soul, motown, reggae, blues, pop and originals. Whether she is backed by a large ensemble or small, her sultry, sweet yet bold voice coupled with her lyrical trumpet style, creates a unique continuity within her sound.
The youngest of 7 children, Anita was fortunate to grow up in a musical home. Her father was a saxophonist in a rock’n'roll band that toured the United States and her mother sang country music on the radio in small town Alberta in the 1960′s before they settled down to have a family. With several siblings playing music before her (including her twin sister, now a professional oboist), it was a most nurturing environment to develop a deep love of music. Between listening to Miles Davis, Wynton Marsalis, and Diana Krall as a teenager she was also influenced by artists such as Sarah McLachlan, Beck and No Doubt. Having a natural flare for the trumpet, she ambitiously decided to pursue it professionally when she was only 14 years old....
AwardsJacob Befurt Memorial Jazz Award (2000)
City of Kamloops Mayor's Award for Emerging Artist Nominee (2013)
“Her style of jazz is traditional yet boundary pushing...it incorporates elements of blues, reggae and disco.” Jason Hewlett - Kamloops Daily News
“This Jazz EP is essentially an album of classic jazz standards, where Eccleston showcases a captivating voice that can tug on your heart strings. She shows exquisite phrasing on a number of tracks and she doesn’t just play it safe.” Jim Dupuis, Jazz Notes with Jim, CFBX Radio - !Earshot Online
“As guest artist, Anita contributes two of her own jazz- standard arrangements to the program. “They’re works I’ve created, for large and small orchestras,” she explained. “It was really an awesome opportunity to work on arranging.” … Her musical career reflects the eclecticism of her interests, including two recordings in the works, an EP of jazz standards and an LP of originals to be called Clearly Indefinable. “We’re doing most of the recording in Kamloops and a couple of sessions in Vancouver .” The Jazz EP includes tracks put down in Montreal and Kamloops. With so many different projects on the go — arranging, teaching, recording and performing — how does she have time for special projects such as this? “It’s a Catch-22, but as an artist you have to persevere and enjoy the process.” Many young artists head for the bright lights of metropolis where greatest opportunity resides. “I dream of it. It’s tough. It’s a long road, but totally worth it.” Mike Youds - Kamloops Daily News
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Teaching Privately for 12 years. Now teaching through Long & McQuade. Contact for specific availabilities.