Tribute to Mark Murphy featuring:
Ian Shaw, Anita Wardell, Gill Manly & Pete Churchill with the
London Vocal Project
@ the 606 Club
13 November 2016
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Anita Wardell biography
Born in Guildford, UK, Anita moved to Australia with her family
as a child. Anita Wardell formative years were spent soaking up
the Rodgers and Hammerstein and Cole Porter classics. She also explored
her father’s collection of big band albums by Duke Ellington,
Count Basie and many more.
During her teens, she started to get to grips with the complexities
of modern Jazz when she discovered Clifford Brown, Cannonball Adderley,
Miles Davis and Charlie Parker. At the same time she learned her
vocal craft from greats like Ella Fitzgerald, Mark Murphy, Carmen
McRae, Betty Carter, Jon Hendricks and Eddie Jefferson.
After attending secondary School she completed her degree in Music
at the Adelaide University. In 1990, Anita relocated back to the
UK where she studied at the Guildhall school of music and drama.
Wardell’s recording career began in 1995 with her CD, “Why
do you Cry?” featuring pianist Liam Noble.
In 1998 she released “Straight Ahead” with international
star pianist Jason Rebello. Japan’s most popular jazz publication,
Swing Journal, gave its endorsement, writing, “she’s
the real thing who can fluently scat and vocalese!”
Her longstanding musical relationship with pianist Robin Aspland
started with the release of “Until The Stars Fade” in
2001 also featuring the exciting US drummer Gene Calderazzo and
Jeremy Brown on bass.
In 2004 she teamed up with tenor saxophonist, Benn Clatworthy,
and recorded “If You Never Come to Me.”
Wardell received the prestigious BBC Jazz Award for Best of Jazz
category in 2006. In the same year she was signed to Proper Records
and recorded “Noted” (2006) and “Kinda Blue”
Her latest album, “The Road,” was released in summer
2013. In the same year she won the Best Vocalist category in the
British Jazz Awards and in 2014 Wardell was nominated in the 2014
British Jazz awards.
Over the past four years, Anita Wardell has travelled extensively,
performing and leading jazz vocal masterclasses in USA, Europe and
Gill Manly biography, photographs &
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