Anita Wardell

Jazz Singer

Born in Guildford, UK, Anita moved to Australia with her family as a child. Anita's 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.


Proclaimed by The Guardian as “a model of the jazz singer’s art”, Anita's recording career began in 1995. In 2006, she signed for the first of three albums produced by Malcolm Mills and recorded by Paul Riley releasing the album “Noted” and receiving the BBC Jazz Award for “Best of Jazz” category the same year.  In 2008 she followed up with “Kinda Blue” and then a third album, “The Road”, was released in summer 2013.  


Anita travels extensively, performing and leading jazz vocal master classes in the USA, Europe and Australia.


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At the Metropolitan Room, NYC 2016

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