The Ellington Jazz Club is proud to present award-winning, British Jazz Vocalist Anita Wardell, for our 2024 International Jazz Day Celebrations.
Anita is noted for her mesmerising and captivating vocal improvisations and vocalese lyrics to instrumental solos. She is a musician who uses the voice as her instrument, displaying precision and agility, mixed with heartfelt emotion.
Anita is the recipient of the BBC Jazz Award for ‘Best of Jazz’ in 2006 and the British Jazz award for ‘Best Vocalist’ in 2013.
Steeped in the bebop and jazz standards tradition, Anita will be paying tribute to the artists that have taught and inspired her on her musical journey thus far. Charlie Parker, Mark Murphy, Ella Fitzgerald, Betty Carter, Sarah Vaughan, Cannonball Adderley, Clifford Brown and many more.
Anita Wardell – Vocals
Harry Mitchell – Piano
Karl Florisson – Double Bass
Ben Vanderwal – Drums
“The singer’s mercurial musicality and acute sense of improvisational freedom can at times take the breath away” Peter Quinn