Annie Whitehead – trombone
Liam Genockey – drums
Jennifer Maidman – bass
Steve Lodder – keys
Born in Oldham, Lancs, Annie Whitehead learnt trombone at school and by the age of fourteen was already busy playing with brass bands, local dance groups and the Manchester Youth Jazz Orchestra. At sixteen, she started her professional career with Ivy Benson’s legendary All Girls Orchestra. Annie Whitehead is a trombone virtuoso best known for her engaging mix of African grooves, blues, ska and Ellingtonian expressionism. Annie has worked with many well known artists including Elvis Costello, Joan Armatrading, Chris Rea, The Style Council and Robert Wyatt. She was a member of Chris MacGregor’s Brotherhood of Breath, The Carla Bley Very Big Band and the Penguin Café Orchestra. She has contributed to more than 50 albums and has recorded five albums under her own name.
“Annie Whitehead is a trombonist of elegant technique and musical tastes taking in funk, salsa and ska as well as jazz” – John Fordham.
“Space age themes, a rock influenced funk beat, impressive soloists.. one of the most individual and cohesive bands currently touring the jazz circuit” – The Times