Annie Whitehead

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Annie Whitehead

Annie Whitehead (born July 16, 1955 in Oldham , England ) is a British jazz trombonist .

Live and act

Whitehead played in brass bands during her school days and in local dance bands from 1969. In 1971 she joined Ivy Benson's All Girls Band , where she stayed for two years. She then moved to Jersey for a while . In 1979 she formed her own band to play ska . In 1981 she went to London and was active in different genres there. She has worked with Joan Armatrading , Chris Rea , Barbara Morgenstern , Bill Wells , Bill Wyman , Elvis Costello , Carlene Carter , Paul Weller , Jerry Dammers , Amazulu , The Communards , Jah Wobble and Bananarama , among others . In 1983, she went with the Brotherhood of Breath of Chris McGregor on Africa tour and toured with Fun Boy Three by the United States. She also worked with Larry Stabbins at Working Week and founded her own band in 1984, with which she toured internationally over the next few years. 1985 her debut album Mix Up was released . Whitehead also played with District Six and with John Stevens . They also worked with the guest stars , the Orchestra of Charlie Watts , with Maggie Nicols and Louis Moholos Dedication Orchestra . In 1991 she joined the Penguin Cafe Orchestra , was involved in three of its productions and toured around the world. In 1993 she worked with the Big Band of Carla Bley , from 1999 also with the Jazz Jamaica Allstars . She has also performed with Michał Urbaniak , Jasper van't Hof , Urszula Dudziak , Sibylle Pomorin , Christoph Spendel and with Ray Anderson .

1999 produced (and arranged) it for Robert Wyatt whose Soupsongs live and took it on tour (including on the Moers Festival with Julie Driscoll ). With Harry Beckett , Jennifer Maidman and Liam Genockey she forms the group Rude , with Alistair Anderson Northern Lights .

She founded the Vortex Foundation Band (named after the now defunct Vortex Jazz Club in North London), consisting of only 12 female musicians, which first performed at the London Jazz Festival in 2002 and has since performed and recorded occasionally. The big band included Deirdre Cartwright , Andrea Vicari, Diane McLoughlin, Alison Rayner , Barbara Snow.

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