The Blue Arrow
Remove from My Festival
Sun 19th June at 7:00pm
Anita Wardell Trio
Travels – A musical Journey, sharing stories and experiences of love and life through jazz standards and originals.
Anita Wardell – Voice
Malcolm Macfarlane – Guitar
David Bowden – Bass
Born in Guildford, UK, Anita moved to Australia with her family as a child. Anita’s formative years were spent soaking up the Rodgers and Hammerstein and Cole Porter classics. She also explored her father’s collection of big band albums by Duke Ellington, Count Basie and many more.
During her teens, she started to get to grips with the complexities of modern Jazz when she discovered Clifford Brown, Cannonball Adderley, Miles Davis and Charlie Parker. At the same time she learned her vocal craft from greats such as Ella Fitzgerald, Mark Murphy, Carmen McRae, Betty Carter, Jon Hendricks and Eddie Jefferson and many more. After attending secondary school she completed her degree in Music at the Adelaide University. In 1990, Anita relocated back to the UK where she continued studying at the Guildhall school of music and drama.
In 1997 Anita was invited along with Dee Dee Bridgwater and Kurt Elling to take part in a documentary on Ella Fitzgerald for Ovation Television. She was interviewed extensively on Ella’s Scat Style and demonstrated live on the show.
Anita’s recording career began in 1995 with her CD, Why do you Cry? featuring pianist Liam Noble.
In 1998 she released Straight Ahead with international star pianist Jason Rebello. Japan’s most popular jazz publication, Swing Journal, gave its endorsement, writing, “she’s the real thing who can fluently scat and sing vocalese!”
Her longstanding musical relationship with pianist Robin Aspland started with the release of Until The Stars Fade in 2001 also featuring the exciting US drummer Gene Calderazzo and Jeremy Brown on bass. Jazzwise Magazine called her “energetic and inventive” while The Guardian proclaimed her “a model of the Jazz singer’s art”, highlighting her clarity, improvisational skills and emotional resonance.
In 2004 she teamed up with tenor saxophonist, Benn Clatworthy, and recorded If You Never Come to Me (2004). Anita was signed to Proper Records in 2006 and recorded Noted (2006).
Anita received the prestigious BBC Jazz Award for Best of Jazz category in 2006 and a British Jazz award for Best Vocalist in 2013. This, coupled with the release of The Road has propelled Anita into the major artist arena. She has performed with many wonderful artists including Richie Cole, Ulf Wakenius, Bill Carruthers, Jim Mullen, Norma Winstone, John Di Martino, Martin Wind, Matt Wilson and Art Hirahara. She has also been a guest on many local and international recordings.
Anita Wardell, is noted for her mesmerising and captivating vocal improvisations and vocalese lyrics to instrumental solos. Anita is a musician who uses the voice as her instrument, displaying precision and agility, mixed with heartfelt emotion.
“The Road” 2013 showcases Anita’s agility and precision through a voice that soars like a finely tuned instrument. Pianist and long time collaborator Robin Aspland’s inventive re-workings of standards such as “You’re My Thrill,” “Surrey With The Fringe On Top” and “Without A Song” leave room for some exciting and swinging improvisations – whilst Stevie Wonder’s “Superwoman,” Bobby Hutcherson’s “Mirrors” and Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays’ “Travels” show a more contemporary side of Wardell”
Anita has been spending time in Australia from 2018-2022. Whilst living in Adelaide she has had numerous teaching posts including Jazz Vocal Lecturer Adelaide University and Vocal teacher at Tabor College of Higher Education. During her stay she has toured South Australia, Sydney and Melbourne with Australian jazz Musicians and appeared at the 2019 New Caledonia Jazz Festival with Jazz Organist Michel Benebig and Pianist Nicholas Arias.
Anita will be returning to the UK in early June 2022 and will begin touring. Anita will be playing the Glasgow Jazz Festival with Guitarist, Malcolm Macfarlane and Bassist, David Bowden, Also making a trip to Hamburg to play in Hamburg at Birdland jazz club with Rob Barron- UK, Wolff Reichart Drums and Ollie Karstens, DE Bass.
Before returning to live in the UK Anita is recording a duo CD with esteemed Australian jazz pianist and long time friend, Dave McEvoy. This CD is a collection of standards and originals all arranged and reworked by both Dave and Anita. Anita will be back in Adelaide to launch the CD and for a couple of gigs in December 2022.
7:00 pm doors, 7:30 pm start time