Anita at the Ystad Sweden Jazz Festival

5th August 2016

…for me, however, chief candidate for the “jazz singer award” this year was Britain’s Anita Wardell. Bob Dorough had been scheduled to appear but unfortunately was indisposed so, at very short notice, Wardell was called in to help deliver an excellent tribute to Mr Hip in the company of trumpeter and vocalist Marten Lundgren, with bassist Helen Marstrand who also doubled on vocals…

For anyone who did not know Anita Wardell’s fine recordings Noted and Kinda Blue from 2006 and 2008 respectively, her assured intonation, pitch and rhythmic élan must have come as a revelation as she did full justice to the wit, wisdom and swing of Dorough and fellow spirits Dave Frishberg and Fran Landesman. As convincing in delivering a lyric as she was in scatting and vocalese, Wardell was simply superb. As such, she epitomised so much of what is compelling about the YJF.

Michael Tucker

Upcoming Events

Sun, 23rd Oct 2016

As part of the 606 Clubs 40th anniversary! Anita Wardell Quartet

Sat, 29th Oct 2016

Bulls Head -Barnes
Jazz Sheila's Trudy Kerr- Michelle Nicolle, Anita Wardell

Sun, 30th Oct 2016

Anita will sing a set after the participants of the Autumn vocal course

Sun, 13th Nov 2016

Mark Murphy Tribute as part of the 2016 London Jazz Festival

Mon, 21st Nov 2016

Cambridge Jazz Festival
Anita will be performing at The Gonville Hotel with the Robin Phillips Trio

Sun, 27th Nov 2016

The Tron, Glasgow
With Colin Steele Trio

Fri, 9th Dec 2016

La Havana Jazz Club
with the Nic Saunders band

Sun, 8th Jan 2017

Anita will be performing her set with John Di Martino- piano Martin Wind-bass Mark Taylor Drums