Anita Wardell‘s singing is breathtaking. She is noted for her mesmerising vocal improvisations and vocalese lyrics to instrumental solos. Anita is a musician who uses the voice as her instrument, displaying precision and agility, mixed with heartfelt emotion.
Singer Norma Winstone praised her “unexpected vulnerability, which makes her reading of the ballads both beautiful and touching. Her honesty shines in this well-chosen collection of songs.”
Bebop pioneer, Mark Murphy, proclaimed Anita, “a gift from Australia”, adding “What hits me, is how expressive her ballad singing is. Then she has the courage to scat a ballad or two, not unlike a young lady disciple of the Ben Webster school.”
Singer Rose Tait says “Anita’s inspirational teaching absolutely transformed my performance and confidence to a level I never thought possible. Her enthusiasm is so infectious, I never looked back.”
Bukky Leo is one of the most versatile and explosive saxophonists in the UK. As a teenager, Bukky was spotted practising his first saxophone on the beach in Lagos Nigeria by the original Afrobeat drummer Tony Allen.
He was immediately ushered into Tony’s newly formed band, and went on to play with the great Fela Kuti where the seeds of Afrobeat were being sown. Under Tony Allen’s influence, Bukky decided to follow his own journey with his distinct style of Jazz and Afrobeat.
Since his 1982 debut , Bukky Leo has released some great albums including “Rejoice In Righteousness”, “River Nile”, “The Source”, “Afrobeat Visions” and his current 2013 CD “Skeleton” produced by Dennis Bovell.
Bukky Leo’s Jazz Quartet hosts one of London’s best Jazz Jam Sessions every Tuesday night at Silver Bullet in Finsbury Park, where the best singers and musicians in London regularly drop by to jam.
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