b. Lena Annie Whitehead, 16 July 1955, Oldham, Lancashire, Britain. Whitehead became a member of her college’s brass music group attempting to play tuba, but – a sign from the patronising behaviour she is constantly on the have problems with as a grown-up, professional musician – had not been permitted to, since it was experienced a girl cannot cope using the huge device. She was consequently forced to select cornet, but after a yr used the euphonium and baritone sax aswell. Finally, she was permitted to change to trombone, which she’s since demonstrated her skill and flexibility with rock and roll, reggae and jazz organizations. Leaving college at age 16, she became a member of Ivy Benson’s all-woman big music group to tour Germany where, to Benson’s disapproval, she’d sneak off to jam with regional musicians. She remained with Benson for just two years, then shifted to Jersey, quitting playing almost totally for six years as she was disillusioned with music as employment. In 1979, she shaped her personal ska music group, and 2 yrs later shifted to London to are a program musician, re-kindling her fascination with jazz at jam classes inside a Finsbury Recreation area, north London pub. In 1983, she toured Africa with Chris McGregor’s Brotherhood Of Breathing and the united states with Fun Boy Three. In the middle-80s she went her own music group including Louise Elliott, an excellent saxophonist with rings like Zubop, and pianist Laka Daisical, and was among the Sisterhood Of Spit: by the end of the 10 years she was once again the just sister in the Brotherhood Of Breathing. A prolific and in-demand program player Whitehead in addition has caused John Stevens (duelling memorably with Evan Parker), the Penguin Café Orchestra, Charlie W Orchestra, Guest Celebrities, Functioning Week, Jah Wobble, Lydia D’Ustbyn’s Golf swing Orchestra, Local Hipsters, Area Six, Carla Bley, Blur, the Spice Women, Jamiroquai, Smiley Tradition, and with Alistair Anderson beneath the name North Lights. Her personal bands are the Dance as well as the Annie Whitehead Encounter, and she’s also released many acclaimed choices of her personal.