Anita Wardell’s singing is exciting and breathtaking. She is noted for her mesmerizing and captivating vocal improvisations and vocalese lyrics to instrumental solos. Anital is a musician who uses the voice as her instrument, displaying precision and ag
Anita Wardell’s singing is exciting and breathtaking. She is noted for her
and captivating vocal improvisations and vocalese lyrics to instrumental
Anital is a musician who uses the voice as her instrument, displaying
agility, mixed with heartfelt emotion.
“Kinda Blue“, her second and most recent album for Proper Records
Anita’s versatility and complete command of her instrument. On this
has teamed up with some of the UK’s finest musicians: Robin Aspland
Jeremy Brown (bass), and Steve Brown (drums), with special guest
Tristan Maillot on drums, Adam Glasser on harmonica and Phil Robson
This carefully selected set of songs gives you an insight to the infectious
spellbinding performances heard live.
Anita received the prestigious BBC Jazz Award for Best of Jazz
category in 2006 .
This coupled with the release of Kinda Blue are now propelling Anita into
Noted, her first release for the new label (released in July 2006), is a
well known material from the Blue Note era to which Anita has penned
many of her
own lyrics. It received much radio play and 4 and 5 star reviews from
European jazz publications.
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Singer Norma Winstone praised her "unexpected vulnerability, which
reading of the ballads both beautiful and touching. Her honesty shines in
collection of songs.”
Bebop pioneer Mark Murphy proclaimed Anita, "a gift from Australia",
hits me, is how expressive her ballad singing is. Then she has the
courage to scat a
ballad or two, not unlike a young lady disciple of the Ben Webster
Born in Guildford, UK, Anita moved to Australia with her family as a child.
formative years were spent soaking up the Rodgers and Hammerstein
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
Cannonball Adderley, Miles Davis and Charlie Parker. At the same time
her vocal craft from greats like Ella Fitzgerald, Mark Murphy, Carmen
Carter, Jon Hendricks and Eddie Jefferson.
After attending secondary School she completed her degree in Music at
University. In 1990, Anita relocated back to the UK where she studied at
Guildhall school of music and drama.
Anita’s recording career began in 1995 with her CD, Why do you Cry?
pianist Liam Noble.
In 1998 she released Straight Ahead with international star pianist Jason
Japan’s most popular jazz publication, Swing Journal, gave its
"she's the real thing who can fluently scat and vocalese!"
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Her longstanding musical relationship with pianist Robin Aspland started
release of “Until the stars fade” in 2001 also featuring the exciting US
Calderazzo and Jeremy Brown on bass. At this point Jazzwise
Magazine called her
"energetic and inventive" while The Guardian proclaimed her "a model of
singer's art, highlighting her clarity, improvisational skills and emotional
In 2004 she teamed up with Tenor Saxophonist Benn Clatworthy and
You Never Come to Me”.
Anita was signed to Proper Records in 2006 and recorded her first
album for them
“Kinda Blue” Proper records 2007 and released in March 2008.
Anita has guested on many local and international recordings.
A new recording is scheduled for release in 2012