Primary Instrument: Trumpet
Anita Eccleston is a trumpet player and vocalist who presents music ranging from traditional jazz standards to funk, motown, soul, blues, pop covers and originals. Whether she is appearing with her quartet, trio or as a solo act she is able to transition smoothly between genres and connects with a diverse and dynamic audience.
Skillful trumpet player, energetic singer, and apt arranger, Anita Eccleston is an emerging young Canadian jazz artist with something to say. Her experiences in a wide variety of performing ensembles, from jazz combos, ska/reggae bands, metal bands, big bands, to even a professional symphony orchestra, have laid the path for her burgeoning music career. Driven by a deep conviction to connect with the audience, her performances are high energy, and her original songs compelling.
Her formal training at McGill University’s renowned jazz studies program, Eccleston has recently returned from Montreal to her British Columbian roots, forming groups in Kamloops and Vancouver with whom she performs regularly in clubs, coffee houses and public outdoor concert series.
Vocal styles that are often effusive and clever contrasted by lyrical trumpet playing and fluent solos by her fellow musicians, her performances offer a variety of musical tastes, demonstrating versatility and her charismatic ability to enrapture the audience with her distinctive sound.
Eccleston’s music is about the moment, just as in her approach to life. It captivates within itself, while also transporting the listener to any moment, carrying with it the same power and excitement as the first time it was heard.
In summer 2011 Anita Eccleston will be releasing her self titled Jazz EP. It is a collection of jazz recordings from 2003 to 2010, exhibiting her development from the early days jamming in her Montreal living room, to the professional sessions with her current British Columbia lineup.
Hot on the heels of the EP will be Eccleston’s long awaited original LP which she has been recording and producing since June 2010. Rough mixes of two tracks, “Scarlet Scribbles,” and ”Claim On You” are available for preview on her website and social networking platforms.
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Teaching Privately for 12 years. Now teaching through Long & McQuade. Contact for specific availabilities.