Doo-Bop serves up a double bill of jazz vocals par excellence. London based Anita Wardell, recipient of the BBC's Best of Jazz award joins up with Australia’s own celebrated Michelle
Doo-Bop serves up a double bill of jazz vocals par excellence. London based Anita Wardell, recipient of the BBC’s Best of Jazz award joins up with Australia’s own celebrated Michelle Nicolle for a night of high stakes singing. Jazz standards, vocalese, swinging Bebop, beautiful ballads and more. Both Anita and Michelle are regarded as masters of their art.
A night not to miss.
“Michelle is a singer born to sing, born to charm, enlighten and seduce through music.” Kurt Elling
Michelle Nicolle is a jazz musician whose chosen instrument is voice. Her achievements including winning an Australian Entertainment Industry Mo Award in 2001, 2003 & 2004. She also won a National Jazz Award (Australia) in 1998, and was a finalist at the ARIAs (Australian Recording Industry Awards) in 2001 and 2004.
Michelle is known for her ability to get right to the heart of a song, as well as being an in-the-moment improviser. She has continually developed and nurtured her art form with the help of her quartet. In addition to releasing 6 CDs, the MNQuartet has toured extensively throughout Australia and internationally, including performing in 2005 at the North Sea Jazz Festival in Holland.
An arranger, band leader and award-winning jazz vocalist, Michelle started her musical career in the 1970s when she began learning the violin at the age of eight in the Barossa Valley in South Australia. Now based in Melbourne, she is widely celebrated as Australia’s finest jazz singer.
“Anita Wardell …is currently one of the most exciting and original exponents of the art of vocal improvisation.” Martin Lilleker, Sheffield Telegraph
Born in Guildford in the UK, Anita Wardell moved to Australia with her family as a child. Her 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, Anita started to get to grips with the complexities of modern jazz when she discovered the works of Clifford Brown, Cannonball Adderley, Miles Davis and Charlie Parker. At the same time, she learned her vocal craft from listening to greats like Ella Fitzgerald, Mark Murphy, Carmen McRae, Betty Carter, Jon Hendricks and Eddie Jefferson.
After attending secondary school, Anita completed her degree in Music at Adelaide University. In 1990, she relocated back to the UK, where she studied at the acclaimed Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Her recording career began in 1995 with her album ‘Why Do You Cry? ‘, which featured pianist Liam Noble.
Anita 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 the album ‘Noted ‘, which was followed by ‘Kinda Blue’ in 2008.
Anita’s latest album ‘The Road’ was released in 2013, and she won the Best Vocalist category in the British Jazz Awards that year. She followed that up with another nomination at the British Jazz Awards in 2014.
Over the past four years, Anita has travelled extensively, performing and leading jazz vocal masterclasses in USA, Europe and Australia
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