Award-winning jazz singer at Campus West

PUBLISHED: 10:38 25 September 2011

Anita Wardell will be appearing at Campus West in Welwyn Garden City

Anita Wardell will be appearing at Campus West in Welwyn Garden City


IT’S a change of pace at Herts Jazz Club in Welwyn Garden City tonight (Sunday) with Anita Wardell the special guest.

After opening concerts at the Hawthorne Studio by tenor sax man Alan Skidmore and then drummer Gary Willcox and his quartet, Herts Jazz welcomes its first singer of the new season this evening.

The award-winning Anita Wardell is noted for her vocal improvisations and her vocalese lyrics to instrumental solos.

Anita is a musician who uses the voice as her instrument, displaying precision and agility, mixed with heartfelt emotion.

If you like real swinging improvising jazz singers, then Anita Wardell is your woman.

Steeped in the bebop tradition, she scats just like a horn player, with great lines, a great feel and interacts with her band.

You won’t have heard jazz vocals as exciting as this in a long time.

Not only can she improvise like a demon, she can sing a ballad with such tenderness and honesty and you know you are right there with her.

One of the UK’s most creative vocalists, her 2008 album Kinda Blue won rave reviews.

Playing with Anita will be Robin Aspland on piano, Jeremy Brown on bass and Tristan Maillot on drums.

Tickets cost just £5 for students and under-21s; £11 if bought online at; £13 at the door and £8 for club members.

* Scottish jazz legend Tommy Smith will be appearing at Campus West next weekend with his new band Karma.

See this week’s Welwyn Hatfield Times, out now, to win tickets to the show.

If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Welwyn Hatfield Times. Click the link in the orange box above for details.

Related articles

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Latest from the Welwyn Hatfield Times