Vocalist and trumpet player Anita Eccleston writes music deeply influenced by jazz – catchy songs that resonate.
Jazz sweetheart Anita Eccleston is a multifaceted vocalist, instrumentalist, composer and arranger. Born in Kamloops, she was raised in a musical family who encouraged her music when she fell in love with the trumpet and vocal jazz. She pursued it in Montreal, studying at McGill University, and eventually landed in Vancouver, releasing her debut solo album, Jazz EP (2011). Upon releasing So It Goes (2014), her first album of original songs, she toured eastern Canada, showcasing at Canadian Music Week in Toronto. She has also led her band at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival several times, melding her eclectic songs with her jazz in spectacular style.
Eccleston’s records have been played on radio stations across Canada. Her most recent jazz album, More Trumpet (2016) hit #5 on the Earshot National Jazz Charts. She has also performed for CBC Radio One’s jazz program, Hot Air, and her music has been featured by Italian radio show Donne in Jazz.
Anita has traveled internationally with Canada’s premiere all-women mariachi band, Las Estrellas de Vancouver, performing at festivals in Mexico, Los Angeles, and the Vancouver Folk Music Festival.
Her new single, Long Nights (2021) is a cozy holiday song with a laid-back jazzy vibe, brimming with nostalgia for family Christmases.
Jacob Befurt Memorial Jazz Award (2000)
City of Kamloops Mayor's Award for Emerging Artist Nominee
Best Local Release 2014 "So It Goes" - Jim Dupuis (CFBX) (!Earshot Magazine)
Best Local Release 2016 "More Trumpet" - Jim Dupuis (CFBX) (!Earshot Magazine)
"Packing a polished and sassy approach to the American jazz songbook trumpet player and vocalist Anita Eccleston delivers some memorable jazz standards with skill and enthusiasm. Eccleston possesses a rich expressive voice that lends itself beautifully to her take on lounge classics such as These Foolish Things, What A Wonderful World, and one of my favourites, Fly Me To The Moon. Eccleston impressively coaxes full arrangements from her compact trio featuring Graham Clark on a swinging upright bass, Andrew Smith painting his glistening guitar flourishes all over the musical garden while Doug Gorkoff adds another dimension with cello. The arrangements are bright and full of personality while allowing Eccleston’s sumptuous trumpet phrasings to float on top like frothy milk on a tall mug of dark java. Eccleston proves herself as a jazz chanteuse with a heartwarming voice combined with the personality, ear, and musical chops of an appealing band leader. More Trumpet is an album spilling over with reverence and tingling with nostalgic resonance." - April 25, 2017 More Trumpet CD Review (Dave O Rama, BC Musician Magazine)
Willing to teach
Beginner to advanced
Teaching Privately for 15 years.
Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance - Trumpet
Clinician School District 73 & 39
Contact for specific availabilities.
Jazz Band coaching
Beginner to Advanced group training