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Anita Eccleston is a Kamloops-born, Vancouver-based bandleader; a vocalist and trumpet player performing music that ranges from traditional jazz standards to funk, soul, motown, reggae, blues, pop and originals. Whether she is backed by a large ensemble or small, her sultry, sweet yet bold voice coupled with her lyrical trumpet style, creates a unique continuity within her sound.

In 2011 Eccleston released her debut Jazz EP, a collection of jazz recordings from 2003 to 2010. In 2013 she released a brand new 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 here, on iTunes, Bandcamp and CD Baby, 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 Halloween event at Performance Works on Granville Island in Vancouver. This year Anita's Trio and The Plastic Acid Orchestra are performed in the 30th Anniversary TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival.

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Liz & Anita Eccleston @ Vancouver Jazz Fest circa 1999 Gastown


In 1999 I was a kid dreaming about being on a Vancouver International Jazz Festival stage. Roaming Gastown and David Lam Park seeking more jazz to feast my ears on, I was gearing up for summer jazz camp in Courtenay, my senior year in high school in the fall, and the prospects of university music school auditions all year.

I vividly remember the day (pictured first) with my twin sister Liz, listening to Brad Turner and Mike Allen, finding hole-in-the-wall used book stores and eating pizza. The second slice destined to hit the cobblestones of Gastown moments after this photo was taken.

Last year Lizzie made it out from Ontario to join me in my yearly pilgrimage to as many jazz performances as possible, particularly the outdoor events. The picture below is from our adventures last year, enjoying the Robson Stage (and beer garden).

Liz & Anita Eccleston @ Vancouver Jazz Fest circa 2014 Robson



So now I am extremely delighted to announce that this year I will finally live that dream, twice. First as a featured guest of Plastic Acid performing my sick new funk/soul song 'Mirror' with full orchestra (Friday, June 19th 7:30PM), then with my very own Anita Eccleston Trio featured on Canada Day at Granville Island's Public Market Stage at 12PM.

The morning after finding out I had been selected this year, I had been having one of my recurring dreams that I got into the festival. That exquisite moment of realization that my dreams had literally come true was something truly remarkable. I am planning a very unforgettable performance for Canada Day.

I want to thank every single person out there for every word of encouragement, every tapping toe, my musical peers for your generosity and amazing abilities, and everyone who has believed in me and my dreams. EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE. My dreams are ever expanding and this is just the beginning. You can follow my journey on Twitter, Facebook, and my Anita Eccleston Jazz Mailing List.


 
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Anita Eccleston Trio @ MacDonald Park - Music in The Park

MacDonald Park Gazebo, MacDonald Ave, Kamloops, BC

Anita Eccleston returns to Kamloops for a special performance at MacDonald Park - Music in the Park with her Trio. Jazz, soul, funk, reggae, classic and new, originals and covers. Innovation blended with improvisation. Only the best music for the best people. :) ♥ FREE

Anita Eccleston - Vocals & Trumpet Andrew Smith - Vocals & Guitar Kris Ruston - Keyboards/Organ

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FREE Age limit: All ages

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Anita Eccleston Quartet @ Monte Lake

Country Garden Greenhouse, 4120 Hwy 97, Monte Lake

Most of us have acquaintances or loved ones who struggle with addictions to alcohol or other substances. Things often go from bad to worse and all we can do is to stand by and watch as our loved ones' lives are being destroyed. Sometimes things change and they reach a point where they are really ready for some help, but there is precious little available to them.

One of the places where people can actually get help in Kamloops is the Phoenix Centre but like most places which do this type of work, there is a perennial shortage of funds to carry out their work. Sian Lewis of Phoenix Centre says "Most people don't realize the epidemic levels of addiction we are actually experiencing and we are thrilled when people step forward to help".

Consequently, Phoenix Centre, together with Country Garden Greenhouse will be working together to bring an evening of entertainment and wonderful food with the express purpose of raising money for this important work. Anita Eccleston with her Trio will be treating the ears to the wonderful jazz music which has become known not only in Kamloops but across Canada. Local producers of lamb, beef, trout, salmon, cheese, fruits and vegetables have contributed to a feast for the palate. The beautiful garden at Country Garden Greenhouse will provide a feast for the eyes.

Tickets for this event are available at The Smorgasbord Deli or Moviemart. $65

http://www.kamloopsthisweek.com/performance-to-raise-funds-for-local-addictions-centre/

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