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Summer: New Jazz EP & Music in the Park 

Summertime... and the living is out there...

Jazz festival season is always my favorite time of the year. It comes and goes so fast and I always miss a few shows, while taking in as many as possible, some really tough choices to decide between this year! For my own performance I brought a 9-piece band to the Railspur Stage on Granville Island for Van Jazz Fest Canada Day Celebrations. I had my twin Elizabeth backing me up on Vocals (pictured right, with our mother), Heather Anderson on trumpet, Ben Henriques on tenor sax, Doug Gorkoff soaring on cello, Andrew Smith (of Sweetpea Swing Band), on guitar and uke, Graham Clark on bass, and fellow Kamloopsians Kris Ruston on keys and Richard Graham on drums. It was EPIC! What a powerhouse behind me! I feel so lucky to be able to do what I do and continually develop my craft and my material. Thank yous go to everyone who has ever encouraged me, given me an opportunity, and for all who believe in the dream I have of putting out real, world class, honest music. My goal is always to connect with you, whether it's the way I sing or play a line, to the words I write or songs I choose to play, you are always in my mind and in my heart.

With the intensity (jazz binging) of the 10 days of the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival behind me I look upon the next 2 months with a longing to relax, hit the beach, and soak up the patio life. However so far the 10 days since the festival have proven to be packed with hilarious costumed gigs. From "Bollywood" Indian brass bands to an appearance with Las Estrellas de Vancouver (Mariachi) at the tremendous Carnival del Sol (left), coupled with sweet little jazz performances. So far July seems a like it has more surprises in store.

My plans for the summer are to finish recording my new jazz album. I hope to be able to release it in the early fall, and am gearing all my focus that direction.

If you would like to hear me perform you can catch me in Vancouver at The Kino (3456 Cambie) July 25th and August 22nd, 9pm by donation. I play there on the 4th Monday of every month.

For my hometown crowd in Kamloops: I will be appearing at Riverside Park - Music in The Park on August 13th with a large band (deets TBA). 7PM, free. It has been too long since I voyaged across the Cascades to the meeting of the Thompson rivers, and WAY TOO LONG since I got to eat yummy Senor Froggy!

Aside from recording and performing, this summer I will be writing and developing new songs for another original album, off in the future. Hopefully with my ukulele at a beach. :)  May your summer be splendid and filled with love and fun! xo Anita

Anita Eccleston is a Kamloops-born, Vancouver-based bandleader; a vocalist and trumpet playing songwriter inspired by music that ranges from traditional jazz to funk, soul, motown, reggae, blues, and pop. Whether she is backed by a large ensemble or small, her multifaceted voice, sultry and sweet, yet bold and passionate, coupled with her lyrical trumpet style, creates a remarkably unique quality throughout her sound.

In 2011 Eccleston released her debut Jazz EP, a collection of jazz recordings from 2003 to 2010. In 2013 she released Trio EP amid the final stages of recording her long awaited original LP. Titled So It Goes, the full length original album travels through her eclectic tastes in music with jazz running throughout every vein.  It is now available for purchase online here (and iTunes & Bandcamp) as well as at live performances.

Anita Eccleston embarked on her first tour to Eastern Canada in May 2014. In Summer Anita toured in BC while writing new compositions that ignited her involvement with the Plastic Acid Orchestra for their 2014 Halloween event at Performance Works on Granville Island in Vancouver. In 2015 Anita's Trio and The Plastic Acid Orchestra performed in the 30th Anniversary TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival. On Canada Day 2016 she brought a 9-piece band to the Railspur Stage for the Vancouver Jazz Festival.

Anita is currently writing new songs, recording and will be releasing a new traditional jazz album in the fall of 2016 to be titled, More Trumpet.

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Anita Eccleston/Andrew Smith Duo

The Kino, 3456 Cambie Street, Vancouver, BC

September Jazz---the days are growing shorter and the trees are starting to change. The duo will be featuring the jazz songs of autumn and transformation.

Jazz musicians (instrumentalists & vocalists) are welcome to drop by and sit in (as always). ♥

Admission is by donation via the jazz hat. All ages cafe restaurant, tapas cuisine. Full bar.

Anita Eccleston - Vocals & Trumpet Andrew Smith - Electric Guitar & Vocals

Anita Eccleston/Andrew Smith Duo

The Commodore Grand Cafe & Lounge, 369 Victoria St, Kamloops

The Commodore Grand Cafe & Lounge in the heart of downtown Kamloops offers up live music to their dinner patrons every Friday night. The atmosphere is intimate and relaxed while still feeling cosmopolitan and refined. On Friday October 14th the Anita Eccleston/Andrew smith Duo will provide a sweet evening of jazz and originals while you wine and dine. No cover charge. More details to come. To get your table reserved early call 250-851-3100.

Anita Eccleston Quintet

Vernon Jazz Club, 3000 31 Street, Vernon, BC

The Vernon Jazz Club is located in the heart of downtown Vernon in a remarkable heritage building. It is a large, historic room that makes you feel like you're walking into a 1940's Jazz Club in New York City. It easily seats 150 patrons cabaret-style, and each table has good sight lines. Whether you are a seasoned jazz aficionado, or simply curious to seek new experiences, this venue is incredible (and totally worth the drive if you are coming from other areas in the Interior).

Anita Eccleston is thrilled to bring her powerhouse Quintet to perform at this grand space. Her first performance in the Okanagan, it is a huge opportunity for her listeners from the area to be able to hear her energetic music live and in person. Expect to hear the choicest jazz standards, modern classics, sweet and spicy original songs, swingin' duets and heartfelt ballads. Her quintet has an exciting chemistry and engaging stage presence that will have you laughing, have your toes tappin', and even your booties shaking. Jazz, soul, funk, blues and more.

Anita Eccleston Quintet: Anita Eccleston - Vocal & Trumpet Steve Reid - Alto Saxophone Andrew Smith - Electric Guitar & Vocals Dave Spidel - Electric Bass Richard Graham - Drums & Vocals

Thank you to the Vernon Jazz Society and sponsors for curating and promoting enriching cultural events in the Vernon Community. http://vernonjazz.com/

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