Anita Wardell celebrates the music of Betty 'Bebop' Carter

LONDON Pheasantry
152 King's Road


Scat singer and vocal improviser extraordinaire explores the music of Betty Carter.

With a great love for vocal improvisation, Anita has been inspired by Betty Carter’s exciting style of her music since embarking on her jazz journey, and has developed a reputation as one of the finest scat singers in jazz today.

Anita will be exploring and performing the music of Betty Carter from some of her quintessential Albums including songs like 'Social Call', 'Dropping Things', 'Trolley Song', 'My Favourite Things', 'Surrey With The Fringe On Top', ' Sometimes I'm Happy' and many more. Anita will be interacting with her band - Robin Aspland (piano), Jeremy Brown (bass) and Steve Brown (drums) - and drawing on the spirit and the excitement of Betty Carter and her Musicians. 

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, and her father's collection of big band albums by Duke Ellington, Count Basie and others. During her teens, she started to get to grips with the complexities of modern Jazz through Clifford Brown, Cannonball Adderley, Miles Davis and Charlie Parker. At the same time she learned her vocal craft from greats such as Ella Fitzgerald, Mark Murphy, Carmen McRae, Betty Carter, Jon Hendricks and Eddie Jefferson and many more.

Her longstanding musical relationship with pianist Robin Aspland started with the release of Until The Stars Fade in 2001, also featuring the exciting US drummer Gene Calderazzo and Jeremy Brown on bass. Jazzwise called her “energetic and inventive” while The Guardian proclaimed her “a model of the Jazz singer’s art”, highlighting her clarity, improvisational skills and emotional resonance.

Anita received the prestigious BBC Jazz Award for Best of Jazz category in 2006 and a British Jazz award for Best Vocalist in 2013. She has now relocated to Adelaide, Australia and holds the position of Jazz vocal Lecturer at Adelaide University, still performing regularly in the UK, USA and Australia.