Vancouver-based bandleader Anita Eccleston's acrobatic voice and lyrical trumpet style honour the traditions of jazz, often melding familiar and new in both her large and small ensembles. Featuring core band members, Andrew Smith (guitar), Doug Gorkoff (cello), and Graham Clark (bass), her ongoing project showcases original songs and jazz favourites highlighted by instrumental improvisation, sweet sultry vocals, and sweeping cello counterpoint. Her major influences include Ella Fitzgerald, Amy Winehouse, Diana Krall, Miles Davis, and Chet Baker. Anita's energetic performances incorporate many styles from jazz to soul, funk, reggae, pop, and the blues.
Her latest album, More Trumpet (released Dec 18, 2016) is a collection of traditional jazz standards, showcasing her distinctive vocal stylings alongside her playful trumpeting. She pays tribute to the timeless songs to which she connected with as a budding musician. Anita has said “Although I am often artistically drawn to many genres of music, my deepest love is for jazz and I feel the most at home within the sphere of the jazz world...I wanted to create an album that would allow me to sing and play from my heart.”
The youngest of 7 children, Anita grew 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.