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Deirdre Cartwright’s Picnic featuring Annie Whitehead

The last in the Blow the Fuse Resistance season which celebrated 30 years of BTF 1989 – 2019.
Deirdre Cartwright guitar
Annie Whitehead trombone
Alison Rayner double bass
Winston Clifford drums 
Annie Whitehead is a 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 worked with many well known artists and was a member of Chris MacGregor’s Brotherhood of Breath,The Carla Bley Very Big Band and the Penguin Cafe Orchestra and 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”

Deirdre presented BBC TV’s groundbreaking 1983 series ‘Rockschool’. She was also a member of the internationally acclaimed 1980s women’s jazz group, the Guest Stars. More recently she has written and recorded albums with the groups Emily Remembered and ARQ (Parliamentary Jazz Awards ‘Ensemble of the Year’ 2018). She has played with Tal Farlow, toured with the Jamaican composer Marjorie Whylie, presented on Radio 3 and founded Blow the Fuse with Alison Rayner.

‘Cartwright’s coolly undulating Grant Green shuffle groove is one of the understated pleasure of UK’s contemporary fusion.’
John Fordham

An all star band with Blow the Fuse hosts Deirdre Cartwright guitar, Alison Rayner on double bass,Winston Clifford on drums and featuring Annie Whitehead. South African, reggae, funk and jazz influences abound in a mix of originals and iconic tunes.

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