Lena Annie Whitehead (born 16 July 1955 in Oldham, Lancashire)[1] is a British jazz trombone player.

Annie Whitehead
Photo by Andrew Fawcett
Photo by Andrew Fawcett
Background information
Birth nameLena Annie Whitehead
Born (1955-07-16) 16 July 1955 (age 68)
Oldham, Lancashire, England
GenresJazz, big band, ska, pop
Years active1971–present

Career Edit

Whitehead learned the trombone in high school and participated in rock and jazz bands.[1] When she was 16, she left school to become a member of a female big band led by Ivy Benson.[1] She played with the band for two years before moving to Jersey.[1] Unhappy with the life of a musician, she quit music for almost six years.[1] She returned in 1979 and started a ska band.[1] She took an interest in jazz again after moving to London two years later and performing in pubs.[1] In the 1980s, she toured with Brotherhood of Breath, a big band led by South African pianist Chris McGregor.[1]

During her career, she has worked with ...And the Native Hipsters, Blur, Carla Bley, Charlie Watts Orchestra, Fun Boy Three, Jah Wobble, Jamiroquai, John Stevens, Penguin Cafe Orchestra, Smiley Culture, Spice Girls, and Working Week.[1] She was a member of The Zappatistas, a Frank Zappa tribute band led by guitarist John Etheridge.[2]

Discography Edit

  • Mix Up 1984
  • This is ...Rude 1994
  • Naked 1997
  • Home
  • The Gathering 2000

References Edit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Annie Whitehead". AllMusic. Retrieved 20 December 2016.
  2. ^ "John Etheridge - The Zappatistas". Johnetheridge.com. Archived from the original on 21 April 2017. Retrieved 20 December 2016.