Annie Whitehead

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Photo by Andrew Fawcett

Annie Whitehead (born 16 July 1955[1] in Oldham, Lancashire) is an English jazz trombone player. She is an artist/clinician for Michael Rath Trombones.[2] Her personal instrument is a nickel silver Rath R2.


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. Among her initial influences were Miles Davis, Charles Mingus and Wayne Henderson. She is also eclectic, playing in pop, classical and other genres as well as jazz.

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, Penguin Cafe Orchestra, Chris Rea, Bill Wyman, Elvis Costello, Jah Wobble, ...And the Native Hipsters[3] and others. In 1984 she formed her own band and released her first album as its leader. She was a member of Working Week,[4] has contributed to more than 50 albums and has recorded five albums under her own name.[5][6]

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[7] with jazz guitarist John Etheridge and others. In 2004 BBC Radio 4 called her "one of the country's great trombonists."[8] 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.

Whitehead also has worked extensively with her partner, the musician, singer and producer Jennifer Maidman, and teaches jazz at London's Centre for Young Musicians.


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


See[6] for a list of albums she played on.


  1. ^ Jazz Birthdays
  2. ^ "Artists". Michael Rath Trombones. Michael Rath Trombones. Retrieved 31 January 2015. 
  3. ^ Kellman, Andy. "...And the Native Hipsters". Allmusic. Retrieved 2011-04-15. 
  4. ^ Working Week: Biography - The Workers
  5. ^ Biography at
  6. ^ a b Annie Whitehead > Credits
  7. ^ John Etheridge - The Zappatistas
  8. ^ BBC radio 4

Sources and external links[edit]