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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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Cantando Festival - Anita Eccleston Quintet

Sun Peaks Resort, Sun Peaks, BC

Anita Eccleston - Vocals & Trumpet, Andrew R. Smith - Electric Guitar & Vocals, Kris Ruston - Organ/Keyboards, Alexander Ward - Upright Bass, Richard Graham - Drums

Strong Women Strong Music 1

Frankie's Jazz Club, 765 Beatty Street, Vancouver, BC

Come and help us celebrate International Women’s Day! Join us for the first night of the 13th annual Strong Women Strong Music concert series, featuring some of West Coast’s most prominent women in jazz! March 5th features Karin Plato, Anita Eccleston and Rebecca Shoichet on vocals, Anna Lumiere on piano, Karen Graves on saxophone and Jen Hodge on bass.

One hundred percent of all proceeds will go to Atira’s Enterprising Women Making Art Program (EWMA).

For sixteen years EWMA, has provided safe, income-generating opportunities for women who are struggling with poverty, substance use and or mental wellness, and who have been impacted by violence /abuse; opportunities that are free from exploitation and judgement. EWMA is a place that for many women, makes hope possible.

More info on event: https://www.coastaljazz.ca/event/strong-women-strong-music-2/

Direct link to reserve: https://www.opentable.com/r/frankies-jazz-club-reservations-vancouver?rid=459691&restref=459691&d=03%2F05%2F2019%208%3A00%20PM

Anita Eccleston Quintet Jazz at The Pat

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Pat's Pub, 403 E Hastings St., Vancouver, BC V6A 1P7

Eccleston brings her eclectic jazz styles to the legendary Patricia Hotel Pub for a groovy and soulful afternoon. No cover charge. Expect smokey trumpets, sweeping cello and wildly funky rhythms. All ages if accompanied by an adult. FREE http://anitaeccleston.com/music

Anita Eccleston Quintet: Anita Eccleston - Trumpet & Vocals, Andrew R. Smith - Guitar & Vocals, Doug Gorkoff - Cello, Graham Clark - Bass, Bernie Arai - Drums

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Anita Eccleston Quintet Music in the Park

Riverside Park, 100 Lorne Street, Kamloops, BC

Kamloops' own "Girl with a Horn" is back this year with a brand spankin' new set of songs. From funk to soul, folk to reggae, blues to jazz, and even pop and psychedelia, Anita will surprise you at every turn playing new originals, serious classics and fresh covers. Think Willie Nelson, Beck, Amy Winehouse, Ray Charles, Robert Plant, Allison Krauss, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Bjork, Sia, Dan Mangan, Paul Simon and Chet Baker. The show will get your feet tapping at times (and possibly booties dancing) and will haunt you with ethereal soundscapes at others.

FREE -- 7PM

Anita Eccleston Quintet: Anita Eccleston - Vocals & Trumpet, Doug Gorkoff - Cello, Kris Ruston - Electric Guitar, Alexander Ward - Electric & Upright Bass, Richard Graham - Drums

Phoenix Centre Fundraiser

Country Garden Greenhouse, https://goo.gl/maps/YFBxCPi4dR72, Monte Lake, BC

On Sunday June 10, Country Garden Greenhouse and The Smorgasbord Deli are hosting the fourth annual Fundraiser dinner for The Phoenix Centre.

Most of us have at least one friend or relative who is struggling with alcohol or substance abuse and with the recent emergence of Fentanyl added to the mix, many people's lives are in even greater danger. The Phoenix Centre is one of very few places where help may be had and the good people there are, of course, always working with a shortage of funds. "This is our way of trying to help out" says Anita Strong, co-owner of Country Garden Greenhouse and the Smorgasbord Deli."The venue is our beautiful farm at in Monte Lake where music and appies start at 4pm. Be prepared for a wonderful evening" she added.

The fundraiser is a four course dinner featuring the best of what the Kamloops fields and streams can supply as well as the rich expressive voice and and sumptuous trumpet phrasings of Anita Eccleston/Andrew Smith Duo will be performing, highlighting her latest CD.

Four Course Dinner: Wild Salmon ( RiverFresh Wild BC Seafood - Wild salmon), Trout (Ted's Trout), BC Beef & BC Lamb. Salads from the Smorgasbord Deli, Coffee (Shuswap Coffee Company).

Tickets are $65 and are available at the following locations: Smorgasbord Deli (225 7th Ave Kamloops BC) Moviemart (369 St. Paul St. Kamloops BC) Phoenix Centre

https://goo.gl/maps/YFBxCPi4dR72

Anita Eccleston Quintet @ Pat's Pub

Pat's Pub Brewhouse, 403 E Hastings St., Vancouver, BC V6A 1P7

Eccleston brings her eclectic jazz styles to the legendary Patricia Hotel Pub on what's sure to be the most magical Tuesday night of 2018. No cover charge. Except smokey trumpets, sweeping cello and wildly funky rhythms. All ages if accompanied by an adult. FREE http://anitaeccleston.com/music

Anita Eccleston Quintet: Anita Eccleston - Trumpet & Vocals Andrew R. Smith - Guitar & Vocals Doug Gorkoff - Cello Graham Clark - Bass Bernie Arai - Drums

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

Jazz Jam, A Workshop with Anita Eccleston

Kamloops United Church, 421 St. Paul Street, Kamloops BC

Part of the 2018 JUNO @letshearitbc Experience Music Program

Kamloops Music Collective (KMC) in partnership with School District 73 is calling on aspiring young jazz musicians to participate in a fun-filled day of learning and performing with a talented pool of professional jazz musicians. Grades 8 to 12 students are invited to Jazz Jam – led by Anita Eccleston & Friends, including Kris Ruston, Richard Graham, and Alex Ward – on March 29 from 8:30AM – 3PM at the Kamloops United Church, 423 St. Paul St.

The workshop is being hosted thanks to a grant through the 2018 JUNO Awards Host Committee, in partnership with Creative BC and Music BC, part of $30,000 in funding for 33 @letshearitbc Experience Music Program events across BC. For young participants at the Jazz Jam in Kamloops, a day of learning and playing will end in a finale jazz concert from 5:30-7PM where participants will perform some of what they have learned.

Students must register for the event, which has a $20 fee and includes two evening performance tickets, along with pizza and drink provided by Dominos. Students may pick five songs from a list, shared below, and each student is asked to listen to their selected songs prior to attending the workshop. Everyone is welcome to attend the concert and additional tickets will be sold for $10 at the door with proceeds going towards the KMC's Whole Note Program.

For more information, please contact the Kamloops Music Collective at info@kamloopsmusiccollective.ca or phone (236) 425-4221.

Want to know more about the 2018 Junor Host Committee @letshearitbc Experience Music Program? In the lead up to JUNO Week March 19-25, the @letshearitbc Experience Music Program events will take place throughout February and March and will shine the spotlight on BC and it's local music scene with unique and memorable experiences. Find information on all the @letshearitbc Experience Music Program events and other 2018 JUNO Week events at www.letshearitbc.com.

https://www.kamloopsmusiccollective.info/blog/join-us-for-jazz-jam-and-hone-your-skills

Bees Boppin - Music For Spring

Full Gospel Tabernacle, 1550 Tranquille Rd, Kamloops BC

Thompson Valley Orchestra with John Franks: Guest Conductor 7 pm. Sat. March 3, 2018 Guest Artist: Anita Eccleston Jazz Trumpet & Vocals Admission at the door: $15 Adults - $5 Students

Come join us for a fun evening of music inspired by thoughts of Spring. Our featured guest, Anita Eccleston, will join TVO players to showcase her jazz trumpet and vocal styles debuting orchestral arrangements of Anita's original music as well as full orchestral jazz songs.

Jazz Vespers Anita Eccleston Sextet

St. Andrew's Wesley Church, 1022 Nelson St,, Vancouver, BC

Anita Eccleston - Vocals & Trumpet, Andrew Smith - Vocals & Guitar, Aidan Miller - Piano, Graham Clark - Upright Bass, Sam Cartwright - Drums, Doug Gorkoff - Cello Anita Eccleston delves deep into her catalogue for this week's Jazz Vespers at St. Andrew's-Wesley. The songs will start with a whimsical and jazzy interstellar journey though space to eventually land on a lonely island. Her reggae influences show here as the vibe is decidedly laid back in the midst of the Island Lament's contemplative despair. The sonic journey carries on with the sextet's funk treatment of Scarlet Scribbles, a punchy reflection on life's contradictions which leads naturally into the rhythm driven tough girl fighting song, Mirror. The bleak yet inspired future opens up on the intricately arranged song New Skies, a cover of local phenom songwriters, Dan Mangan + Blacksmith. Here the listener's voyage will continue into a sweet song of hope and goodbyes in a new original by Anita, titled Braid. It's colourful chords, odd form and heartfelt lyrics cut through the nonsense to focus on the the little details that make life and love beautiful. Her last song, a fan favourite called The Good Life, will feature the multifaceted cellist Doug Gorkoff on magnificent countermelodies to her simple, sweet refrains, accompanied by beachy ukulele. The set is highlighted by fluid and skillful improvisation coupled with delicate, magical moments.

Anita Eccleston Duo @ The Kino

The Kino, 3456 Cambie Street, Vancouver, BC

Jazz, soul, funk, reggae. 9-11PM All ages cafe restaurant, tapas cuisine. Full bar. Cover by donation. Call 604-875-1998 for large party reservations.

Anita Eccleston/Andrew Smith Duo Anita Eccleston Jazz - Vocals & Trumpet Andrew Smith - Vocals & Guitar

The Kino - 3456 Cambie Street - 604-875-1998 Watch, Subscribe & Follow https://youtu.be/JFGnb0SzwbQ http://twitter.com/AnitaEccleston http://instagram.com/anitatrumpet GET THE NEW ALBUM: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/anitaeccleston3

Anita Eccleston Duo @ The Kino

The Kino, 3456 Cambie Street, Vancouver, BC

Jazz, soul, funk, reggae. 9-11PM All ages cafe restaurant, tapas cuisine. Full bar. Cover by donation. Call 604-875-1998 for large party reservations.

Anita Eccleston/Andrew Smith Duo Anita Eccleston Jazz - Vocals & Trumpet Andrew Smith - Vocals & Guitar

The Kino - 3456 Cambie Street - 604-875-1998 Watch, Subscribe & Follow https://youtu.be/JFGnb0SzwbQ http://twitter.com/AnitaEccleston http://instagram.com/anitatrumpet GET THE NEW ALBUM: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/anitaeccleston3

Anita Eccleston Duo @ The Kino

The Kino, 3456 Cambie Street, Vancouver, BC

Jazz, soul, funk, reggae. 9-11PM All ages cafe restaurant, tapas cuisine. Full bar. Cover by donation. Call 604-875-1998 for large party reservations.

Anita Eccleston/Andrew Smith Duo Anita Eccleston Jazz - Vocals & Trumpet Andrew Smith - Vocals & Guitar

The Kino - 3456 Cambie Street - 604-875-1998 Watch, Subscribe & Follow https://youtu.be/JFGnb0SzwbQ http://twitter.com/AnitaEccleston http://instagram.com/anitatrumpet GET THE NEW ALBUM: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/anitaeccleston3

Anita Eccleston Duo @ The Kino

The Kino, 3456 Cambie Street, Vancouver, BC

Jazz, soul, funk, reggae. 9-11PM All ages cafe restaurant, tapas cuisine. Full bar. Cover by donation. Call 604-875-1998 for large party reservations.

Anita Eccleston/Andrew Smith Duo Anita Eccleston Jazz - Vocals & Trumpet Andrew Smith - Vocals & Guitar

The Kino - 3456 Cambie Street - 604-875-1998 Watch, Subscribe & Follow https://youtu.be/JFGnb0SzwbQ http://twitter.com/AnitaEccleston http://instagram.com/anitatrumpet GET THE NEW ALBUM: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/anitaeccleston3

Anita Eccleston Duo @ The Kino

The Kino, 3456 Cambie Street, Vancouver, BC

Autumn Jazz! Jazz, soul, funk, reggae. 9-11PM Live Jazz at the Kino. All ages cafe restaurant, tapas cuisine. Full bar. Cover by donation. Call 604-875-1998 for large party reservations.

Anita Eccleston/Andrew Smith Duo Anita Eccleston Jazz - Vocals & Trumpet Andrew Smith - Vocals & Guitar

The Kino - 3456 Cambie Street - 604-875-1998 Watch, Subscribe & Follow https://youtu.be/JFGnb0SzwbQ http://twitter.com/AnitaEccleston http://instagram.com/anitatrumpet GET THE NEW 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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A Story about Jazz in Kamloops 

I am going to Kamloops to host the district jazz workshop on March 29th. There is a pretty neat story surrounding this which I’d like to share, to help increase student enrollment and community engagement. The official info is here: https://www.kamloopsmusiccollective.info/blog/join-us-for-jazz-jam-and-hone-your-skills 

Christy Gauley (a peer of mine from jazz choir at Westsyde Secondary) is now the District Coordinator for the Arts for SD 73 in Kamloops. Working together with Kim Mangan of Kamloops Music Collective (KMC), Christy approached me to plan and run a jazz workshop for grade 8-12 students (we are calling it "Jazz Jam"). It is facilitated by a grant through the 2018 JUNO Awards Host Committee, in partnership with Creative BC and Music BC, part of $30,000 in funding for 33 @letshearitbc Experience Music Program events across BC. 

Our aim is to teach the basics of jazz to make it more accessible to students, who often balk at the idea of playing jazz and improvising, since it can seem intimidating and overwhelming. It is a rekindling of the District Jazz Program where professional jazz musicians mentored students leading up to a live performance in a cafe or club. For the young musicians at Jazz Jam, their workshop day will end in a finale jazz concert from 5:30-7PM at the Kamloops United Church, where they will perform alongside the professionals. 

I am really excited about this event because of my personal history with jazz in Kamloops. 

I was in grade 11 when the first District Jazz Program started, spearheaded by Steve Griffith and his band S.G.H.Q. I auditioned on trumpet, which I had been excelling on, playing in the Westsyde Stage Band for a little over a year. I had also participated in jazz bands and combos at KISSM (Kamloops Interior Summer School of Music). 

I didn't know very much about improvising at that time, save for a few scales that were supposed to work. Steve was a sax player that I had always admired. I used to go hear his band play at Java Cycle and other venues, so this was an exciting opportunity to perform with the pros. His leadership was inspiring and I learned lessons from him that I still teach today. The other members of the Quartet were highly engaging to work with as well. Virtuoso drummer Richard Graham was a recent Westsyde grad and composer Peter Ward on bass was a seasoned pro. Lastly, I was also coached by Oliver Rinaldi, composer and pianist. 

Oliver was the first person to tell me I should sing jazz. He was coaching a vocal student on her song, and I somehow got to sing a few notes for him by accident, trying to help her with the phrasing. He immediately asked me if there was any song that I knew and wanted to sing. At the time I only knew the standard song "When Sunny Gets Blue" from my first audition attempt for Westsyde's Jazz Choir over a year earlier. Needless to say, my secret wish to be a jazz singer materialized and I performed that song at the concert. Through university while studying jazz trumpet, my combos would often invite me sing here and there. Ironically, after graduation I ended up performing mainly as a vocalist at first instead of as a trumpet player. 

Coming full circle to Kamloops as a young professional, I started working with some of these same players from the days of District Jazz. The arts community of Kamloops was grieved in 2003 after Oliver Rinaldi passed away too soon from cancer. For District Jazz and SGHQ, guitarist and keyboardist Kris Ruston filled Oliver’s shoes in the years since. I am very pleased that Kris will be joining my group for this workshop to share his unique stylistic approach to soloing with the kids. 

The pictures included below I dug out from my old photo albums while contemplating this story. I am pictured playing my trumpet alongside Steve Griffith in 2000. Steve also tragically passed away in 2011, leaving a treasured legacy of students he had positively influenced. One of the best lessons I learned from him was, "If you play a wrong note, play it again immediately. Then it seems like you meant to do that." 

The other picture included is of me performing at Paradiso (now the Commodore) in Kamloops with Kris Ruston, Richard Graham and Peter Ward in 2006. 

Sadly, just last year our friend Peter Ward also passed away. He and I worked together many times so I was happy to hear that his son, Alexander, has picked up the torch and is now an exciting up and coming bassist and keyboard player living in Kamloops. He is excited to carry on with his father's work sharing the joys of jazz with the ambitious bunch that sign up for this workshop. Of course my longtime friend and bandmate Richard Graham and SGHQ veteran will be backing us up on drums at Jazz Jam. 

I am looking forward to sharing the secrets of this music with the next generation of Kamloops students and honouring the legacy of jazz in Kamloops.