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Blow the fuse ‘on air’ feat. Annie Whitehead

Blow the Fuse ‘On Air’ is a series of online concerts from the Vortex Jazz Club in Dalston.


Annie Whitehead – Trombone

Deirdre Cartwright – Guitar

Alison Rayner – Bass

Winston Clifford – Drums

This week show features Annie Whitehead, trombone virtuoso best known for her engaging mix of African grooves, blues, ska and Ellingtonian expressionism.

One of the UK’s brightest and most versatile trombone players, Annie Whitehead has played on over 50 albums “The Sly and Robbie of British brass, the woman everyone turns to when they want a class trombone player”

Annie Whitehead started her professional career aged sixteen, playing with Ivy Benson’s legendary All Girls Orchestra. She moved to London in the late 1970s, working with many well-known musicians including Joan Armatrading, Elvis Costello, Paul Weller, and Bill Wyman. She was also part of a free jazz scene playing with Dudu Pukwana before joining Chris MacGregor’s Brotherhood of Breath. A prolific and in-demand session player Whitehead has also worked with John Stevens (duelling memorably with Evan Parker), the Penguin Café Orchestra, Charlie Watts Orchestra, The Guest Stars, Working Week, Jah Wobble, Lydia D’Ustbyn’s Swing Orchestra, Native Hipsters, District Six, Carla Bley, Blur, the Spice Girls, Jamiroquai, Smiley Culture, and with Alistair Anderson under the name Northern Lights. Her own bands include the Dance the Annie Whitehead Experience, Rude and she has also released several acclaimed albums of her own.



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