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Annie Whitehead


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Annie Whitehead (born July 16, 1955 in Oldham, Lancashire) is an English player.

Annie learned trombone at school; at 14 she was already busy playing with brass bands, local dance groups and the Manchester Youth Jazz Orchestra and began her professional career at sixteen.

In the 1970s she moved to London where she found herself in demand. In the following years she worked with Chris McGregor’s Brotherhood of Breath, National Health, Carla Bley, Robert Wyatt, Joan Armatrading, Chris Rea, Bill Wyman, Elvis Costello, Jah Wobble and others. In 1984 she formed her own band and released her first CD as its leader. She was a member of Working Week, has contributed to far more than 50 albums and has recorded five albums under her own name.

She had been part of the Jazz Jamaican Allstars alongside saxophone player Denys Baptiste and her own band blends reggae rhythms with jazz. In 2003 she played trombone on Robert Wyatt’s award-winning album Cuckooland. Lately, she has participated in the Frank Zappa tribute band Zappatistas with jazz guitarist John Etheridge and others. In 2004 BBC Radio 4 called her “one of the country’s great trombonists.” In 2006, she joined Belgian band The Wrong Object for a series of gigs later documented on the Voiceprint CD, “Platform One”. In 2007, she played trombone on most of the tracks contained in Robert Wyatt’s album Comicopera.

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  • hattertim

    Anyone who hasn't yet listened to Annie's album "Mix Up" from 1984....I highly recommend you do! One of my favourite albums of the 80's!

    21 Nov 2008 Reply

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