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)