Anita at Adelaide University

Anita has recently taken up the position of Jazz Vocal Lecturer at the Elder Conservatorium, which is part of Adelaide University.

This is the very same university where Anita completed her Performance degree under the tutelage of educators and musicians such as Hal Hall, Bob Jeffries, Sylvan ‘Schmoe’ Elhay, Bruce Hancock and many others in the early 1980s.

Anita is presently working alongside Head of Jazz, Mark Ferguson (piano) together with John Aue (bass), Dustan Cox (saxophone) and James Muller (guitar).

Aside from her teaching commitments, Anita continues to tour in UK and worldwide.

In the recording studio

Anita's is set to record her new album in December 2018 with her UK band. This album will feature new vocaleses penned by Anita on Cannonball Adderley, Dexter Gordon and more. It will also include new reworked standards.

Meet Anita Wardell

Article by Thomas Cunniffe,

Best known as an outstanding scat singer, Anita is also a skilled writer and performer of vocalese, and a sensitive interpreter of standards and jazz originals. She’s collected several awards, including a recent prize for Best Jazz Vocalist from the British Jazz Awards, and her artistry has inspired accolades from fellow singers like Mark Murphy, Roseanna Vitro and Kate McGarry. Yet, up until now, Wardell’s albums have only been available as high-priced imports, and she has made limited trips to the east and west coasts of the United States…

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Upcoming Events


Tue, 11th Dec 2018

Twickenham Jazz Club
With Robin Aspland, Dario Di Lecce and Steve Brown


Tue, 11th Dec 2018

Twickenham Jazz Club
Anita Wardell Robin Aspland Dario De Lecce Steve Brown


Sun, 30th Dec 2018

Anita Wardell Rob Barron Jez Brown Steve Brown


Thu, 3rd Jan 2019

Beckenham Jazz Club
Anita Wardell Rob Barron Jeremy Brown Steve Brown


Fri, 4th Jan 2019

Crazy Coqs- Brasserie Zedel
Bag of Dreams In A one-off, intimate form, Anita Wardell comes to Crazy Coqs with the incredible pianist, Robin Aspland. Tonight's show will feature reworked standards and bebop tunes, as well as some new vocalese's written to solos by Cannonball Adderley, Charlie Parker, Dexter Gordon, Jay Jay Johnson and Al Jarreau.