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Where Chet Baker sang like he played, Anita Eccleston plays like she sings. Her trumpet is an extension of her playful, sultry voice while her band serves up a multi-course meal of traditional jazz, blues, soul, and funk, with a cool glass of reggae-rock to wash it down.

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Anita & Andy play The Brighton

The Brighton, 2471 East Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC

Show starts at 9pm and goes to midnight. No cover charge. There will be a jar for tips so please bring cash. https://www.anitaeccleston.com/

Eccleston Smith Duo: Anita Eccleston - Vocals & Trumpet Andrew R. Smith - Vocals & Guitar

Watch, Subscribe, Listen & Follow https://youtu.be/JFGnb0SzwbQ https://open.spotify.com/album/6dz6OhgmbBFDnV4RM7anUH http://twitter.com/AnitaEccleston http://instagram.com/anitatrumpet GET THE NEW JAZZ ALBUM: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/anitaeccleston3

Where Chet Baker sang like he played, Anita Eccleston plays like she sings. Her trumpet is an extension of her playful, sultry voice while she serves up a multi-course meal of traditional jazz, blues, soul, and funk, with a cool glass of reggae-rock to wash it down. https://open.spotify.com/track/6mMWY67VKs2wR1eU5cuEpc

The Brighton Pub 2471 E. Hastings St. Vancouver, BC V5K 1Y8 (604) 428-8822

Anita & Andy play the Yard

The Yard, 8482 Granville St, Vancouver, BC

Where Chet Baker sang like he played, Anita Eccleston plays like she sings. Her trumpet is an extension of her playful, sultry voice while she serves up a multi-course meal of traditional jazz, blues, soul, and funk, with a cool glass of reggae-rock to wash it down. https://open.spotify.com/track/6mMWY67VKs2wR1eU5cuEpc

Show starts at 9pm and goes to midnight. No cover charge. There will be a jar for tips so please bring cash. https://www.anitaeccleston.com/

Eccleston Smith Duo: Anita Eccleston - Vocals & Trumpet Andrew R. Smith - Vocals & Guitar

Watch, Subscribe, Listen & Follow https://youtu.be/JFGnb0SzwbQ https://open.spotify.com/album/6dz6OhgmbBFDnV4RM7anUH http://twitter.com/AnitaEccleston http://instagram.com/anitatrumpet GET THE NEW JAZZ ALBUM: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/anitaeccleston3

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. Her ongoing project showcases original songs and jazz favourites highlighted by instrumental improvisation, sweet sultry vocals, and sweeping cello counterpoint. Her growing passion for jazz ukulele has her adopting a new role as a rhythm player. Her major influences include Ella Fitzgerald, Amy Winehouse, Diana Krall, Miles Davis, Chet Baker and Madeleine Peyroux. Anita's energetic performances incorporate many styles from jazz to soul, funk, reggae, pop, and the blues.

Her latest album, More Trumpet (December 2016) is a collection of traditional jazz standards, showcasing her distinctive vocal stylings alongside her playful trumpeting. She pays tribute to the timeless songs that she connected with as a budding musician.

In 2011, Eccleston released her debut Jazz EP, a collection of recordings from her early beginnings in Montreal at McGill University. Anita was featured in 2012 in a performance for CBC Radio One’s program Hot Air. She released her Trio EP in 2013, and in 2014 completed her long-awaited original LP, So It Goes. The full-length album explores her eclectic tastes in music. Her music is available for purchase and streaming online.

Anita toured BC and Eastern Canada (highlighted by a show at Canadian Music Week in Toronto) in 2014. In 2015, she performed with her trio and was also a featured guest soloist with the Plastic Acid Orchestra at the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival. The following year, she again performed with her 9-piece lineup on Granville Island for the Vancouver Jazz Fest. In April 2017, Anita showcased once again at Canadian Music Week accompanied by pianist Steve Amirault with assistance from Music BC.

Joining Canada's only all-female Mariachi band Las Estrellas de Vancouver, Eccleston traveled in the early summer 2017 to Tlaxcala, Mexico to attend workshops and perform at the first ever Tlaxcala Women's Mariachi Festival alongside groups from Mexico, Columbia and the USA. In July 2018 they were invited to play at the 5th Annual Women's Mariachi Festival in Los Angeles and performed alongside Mariachi Divas de Cindy Shea of LA, Las Adelitas of London, UK and famed mariachi vocalist Junko Seki from Japan.

Anita is currently writing new music, teaching, performing, and advancing her mastery of the jazz ukulele.

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Girl A Girl B  

So I started a band this summer with my twin sister Elizabeth Eccleston (Blythwood Winds, Prof. Queens), and my best buddy Doug Gorkoff (Black Dog String Quartet, KSO). It all started with a Sound of Music and Phantom of the Opera Medley for my brother's wedding in May (the wedding theme was musicals). We killed it and never thought about it again until jazz fest. As Lizzie and I plotted future plans for my solo act, we also began a list of all the songs we've always wanted to play. And the list got long and longer and continues to grow. I guess we are kind of a cover band at the moment, picking tunes hearkening back to our teenage years, while tinging our sets with peculiar, quirky contemporary songs. Who knew that Gollum's Song would pair well with Daft Punk's Instant Crush?

Our rather unusual instrumentation challenges the cover band format, ukulele paired with cello, highlighted by oboe and english horn supporting our twin vocal harmonies dancing above.

A concept we've maintained with Girl A Girl B is to invite guests to sit in wherever possible. It began with my other brother Wesley (Prof. TRU) and his secretly amazing voice as the Phantom in our epic medley, and spawned this summer into guests from Las Estrellas de Vancouver (Michelle Cormier and Jocelyn Waugh) for Rich Girl and a slow-jam version of La Bamba. Our most recent guest, violist John Kastelic (Salt Thief, Black Dog String Quartet, KSO) practically played the whole show with us and even graciously let me sing his amazong original song Lovely Day. Previously recorded with Black Dog String Quartet, we were lucky to have Elyse Jacobson sit in on first violin and Elizabeth covered vocal harmonies and 2nd violin on her oboe.

As summer came to a close my twin Elizabeth headed back to Toronto to teach at Queens University, freelance in orchestras and produce shows with her woodwind quintet (Blythwood Winds) while I'm still plotting my future plans, which now include this unexpectedly delightful project. We began writing songs in the final days of summer, inspired by those artists we've covered and that have influenced and driven us through the years.

To keep up with Girl A Girl B please follow us on Instagram: @girlagirlbmusic, Facebook: @girlagirlbmusic and Twitter: @GirlAGirlB to see where this whimsical voyage is leading.