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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 Eccleston Andrew Smith Duo

The Yard, 8482 Granville St, Vancouver, BC

Duo partners Anita Eccleston and Andrew Smith play all the sounds of jazz. Whether they are paying tribute to traditional favourites or serving up modern classics, they fit the ambiance with Anita's lyrical trumpet playing and sultry vocals combined with Andrew's warm crooning and finger style jazz guitar. By donation at the door.

Anita Eccleston w/ Louie/Quinn Duo

Revel Room, 238 Abbott St, Vancouver, BC

Vocalist and trumpet player Anita Eccleston joins keyboardist Doug Louie and saxophonist Dave Quinn for a relaxing evening of classic jazz, bossa novas and ballads. The Revel Room's unmatched menu and specialty drinks create the setting for a tasty and memorable experience. Preview Anita singing straight up jazz here: https://youtu.be/0GIRSjYttog

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

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

Christmas at Hycroft: Anita & Andy do Christmas

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Hycroft Manor, 1489 McRae Ave, Vancouver, BC V6H 1V1, Vancouver, BC

Join the fun at Christmas at Hycroft, Vancouver’s longest running Christmas fair! There is lots to see and do as you wander through the beautifully decorated, historical Hycroft Manor. This festive Edwardian mansion is 17,000 square feet features three floors of unique boutiques, crafters and over two-dozen local Artisans.

Outside, enjoy a warm cup of mulled wine or hot chocolate while enjoying outdoor festivities in Hycroft’s Courtyard. Don’t forget to stop by our bistro or one of our food vendors for a delicious meal and dine to the beat of holiday tunes under our covered outdoor space. We’re excited to welcome the Greater Vancouver Community (and beyond!) for another Christmas at Hycroft.

Sentimental Journey: Musical Memories of WWII

Vancity Theatre, 1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver, BC

Presented by Michael van den Bos with an integrated live performance by The Angela Verbrugge Quartet MAD | Vancity Theatre Event

Show Time for Victory!

The syncopated rhythms and poignant melodies generated by the entertainment industry during World War II helped rally patriotism and Allied actions in the global fight against fascist foes. To celebrate the musical achievements that inspired audiences during the war years, film scholar Michael van den Bos presents a rousing revue of clips from World War II-era Hollywood movies that boosted morale and offered much needed escapist fare to home front civilians and servicemen on the front lines.

Featured in this program are some of the brightest Hollywood stars of the 1940s who did their part for the war effort in spirited song and dance, including The Andrews Sisters, Fred Astaire, Bing Crosby, Rita Hayworth, Gene Kelly, Glenn Miller, Carmen Miranda, and The Voice . . . Frank Sinatra.

Interwoven with the film clips is a live performance by vocalist Angela Verbrugge , singing period pop and jazz songs of love, loss, longing and hope that comforted and encouraged the Greatest Generation. Accompanying Angela are Josh Roberts on guitar, Anita Eccleston on trumpet, Louis Rudner on bass, and Nick James on drums.

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

Nothing But Treble

Hood 29, 4470 Main Street, Vancouver, BC

NOTHING BUT TREBLE Come join us for a great night of music with Andrea, Noa and Suki and a talented 4-piece band, with music ranging from rock, R'n'B, jazz, pop and more. There will also be a few guests. We will have our own sound system.

Come support your local live music scene and enjoy the food and drinks in a warm and inviting atmosphere.

When Andrea sings, soul pours out. Powerful chops and nuanced sensitivity make her an agile musician. Hers is a delicious voice that compels the listener to lean in.

Noa's rich and playful voice easily delivers passion and vulnerability, effortlessly moves from pain to joy never compromising her authenticity.

Soulful and adaptable, Suki swings from both tender jazz standards, booming black gospel numbers and bluesy tunes with ease and grace.

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

Girl A Girl B Kamloops Edition

The Dunes , 652 Dunes Dr, Kamloops, BC

Twin powers activate! Girl A Girl B comes home to their Westsyde stomping grounds for a special evening at the Dunes. A show packed with nostalgic covers and tight harmonies for your perfect summer Friday evening. Folk-music-ish. Originals and covers by Willie Nelson, Leonard Cohen, Radiohead, Amy Winehouse, Joni Mitchell, Dan Mangan, Weezer, Annie Lennox, etc. ;)

6pm, no cover except the Buffet! 2 sets. All the good songs.

Girl A Girl B is: Elizabeth and Anita Eccleston with Doug Gorkoff on cello. Instagreatstuff: @girlagirlbmusic Tweetmeback: @GirlAGirlB

Evil Twin vs Good Twin

The Kino, 3456 Cambie Street, Vancouver, BC

But which is which??? Girl A Girl B brings a fresh set of songs exploring the light and darker sides of life. A show packed with nostalgic covers, tight harmonies, and guest artists for your perfect summer Sunday evening.

7pm by donation, all ages. 2 sets. All the good songs. And bop duets.

Girl A Girl B is: Elizabeth and Anita Eccleston with Doug Gorkoff on cello. Instagramps: @girlagirlbmusic Tweetiepie: @GirlAGirlB

Anita Eccleston Andrew Smith Duo

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

Girl A Girl B

The Kino, 3456 Cambie Street, Vancouver, BC

Twin powers activate! Girl A Girl B is coming in hot with all the sensational charm that two identical twins can muster. A show packed with nostalgic covers, tight harmonies, and multiple guest artists to enhance your Sunday evening.

7pm by donation. 2 sets. All the good songs.

Girl A Girl B is: Elizabeth and Anita Eccleston accompanied by Doug Gorkoff on cello.

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. Las Estrellas were featured by Vancouver Latin American Cultural Centre special presentation “¡Viva México!” in November 2019.

In March of 2019 Anita performed alongside the west coast’s most talented jazz women at Frankie’s Jazz Club in a presentation by Coastal Jazz called “Strong Women Strong Music,” as a benefit series for Atira Women’s Resource Society.

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.