Primary Instrument: Trumpet
Imagine the soul of Amy Winehouse mingled with the cool bravado of Miles Davis, meeting the demure melodicism of Chet Baker while dipped in the creativity of Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and Sarah Vaughan. These influences tip the ice burg of the kind of music Anita craves to hear and to make. A plethora of modern muses guide her in exploring the nebula that blends genres to the will of the player in today’s overwhelming sea of sounds.
Anita Eccleston is a Vancouver-based vocalist and trumpet player performing music that ranges from traditional jazz standards to funk, soul, motown, reggae, blues, pop and originals. Whether she is appearing with her 5-2 piece or solo, she transitions smoothly between the genres that inspire her and connects with her audience using her musical charm, wicked wit and the sparkle in her eye.
In 2011 Eccleston released her debut Jazz EP, a collection of jazz recordings from 2003 to 2010. In early 2013 she released a brand new Trio EP amidst the final stages of recording her long awaited original LP. To be titled So It Goes, the full length original album travels through her eclectic tastes in music with jazz running throughout every vein.
Performing professionally for the past 9 years, Eccleston has a unique voice. She began singing at 9 years of age, and playing trumpet at 12, and first performed both live jazz in a club and on trumpet with a professional orchestra, by the age of 16. After training with Ron DiLauro & Bill Mahar at McGill University she graduated in 2004 onto the Montreal music scene. In 2006 she relocated to British Columbia, to return to her roots in the deserts of the Interior.
Honing her crafts for 5 years playing in the Kamloops Symphony Orchestra, she exercised her versatility playing with the Kamloops Big Band, performing with her jazz trio and quartet, playing in a ska-reggae band, and fronting a rock band and a funk band. In the fall of 2011 Eccleston relocated to Vancouver to pursue the music scene in the city.
In October 2012 Anita had the opportunity to perform for CBC Radio One’s jazz program Hot Air, for a live performance in Kamloops to welcome CBC radio to her hometown. The performance aired on November 3rd and Anita was an honoured and a delighted to be featured thus, “It’s like a dream,” she expressed to the Kamloops Daily News.
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.
Awards:Jacob Befurt Memorial Jazz Award (2000) City of Kamloops Mayor's Award for Emerging Artist Nominee (2013)
“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
Anita Eccleston,Jazz EP(Self released, 2011)
Anita Eccleston,Trio EP(Self released, 2013)
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