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* Anna is a highly experienced saxophonist based in Birmingham, but travels UK wide.
* Her repertoire covers a range of genres from pop hits, classic jazz tracks, R’n’B, Soul & Motown and a good handful of Funk!
* Anna can also be booked to play alongside your DJ (please speak to one of our entertainment coordinators for more info)
Anna is a multi-saxophonist, backing vocalist, arranger, musical director and recording artist based in the UK. She has performed, toured and recorded with some of the biggest names in Funk, Rock, Jazz, Pop, Classical and World music, has arranged music for stage and screen, and worked as a music preparation specialist on Hollywood films and the for the BBC.
Anna is a member of The Brooklyn Funk Essentials, an eclectic and truly unique band with a worldwide following which grew out of the '90s New York club scene. BFE appear regularly at international festivals and venues and have made countless international TV appearances. The band's fifth album 'Funk Ain't Ova' , released in November 2015 features Anna on soprano, alto, tenor, baritone saxes and backing vocals.
Anna studied both jazz and classical saxophone at the prestigious Birmingham Conservatoire, graduating with a first class honors degree in 1996. She is now a saxophone tutor at the Conservatoire, specialising in teaching jazz improvisation to classical saxophone students.
After completing her studies, Anna was selected to perform at the Cheltenham International Jazz Festival in the Jerwood Foundation 'Rising Star' series. Soon afterwards she released her debut album 'My Time' by the Anna Brooks Quintet. Featuring her original compositions commissioned by the Jerwood Foundation, the album received critical acclaim and the quintet toured the major UK jazz festivals. Anna's solo EP 'Going My Way' followed in 2007.
Throughout her career, Anna has been a member of ensembles as diverse as The Drifters, The City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, '70s Glam Rocker Roy Wood's 'Big Band', TV star Shane Ritchie's band, John Mayer's 'Indo-Jazz Fusions', The Walsall Jazz Orchestra, and Roy G Hemmings' 'Dictionary Of Soul'. The versatility and experience that Anna has gained from over twenty years in the music industry, combined with her skill as a multi saxophonist and backing vocalist has gained her a reputation as a world-class musician.
Anna's history as musical director / arranger includes two years with George Treadwell's legendary group ‘The Drifters’, almost two decades with Roy G Hemmings’ band 'The Dictionary Of Soul’ and numerous theatre shows.
”One of the most promising artists I've been involved with.”
Tony Dudley-Evans, Director Cheltenham International Jazz Festival
“Confident virtuosity, a purity of tone and a melodic flair that belies her youth.
Andrew Hawkey - Cambria Arts
“She plays with all the technique that we’ve come to expect from young players these days, plus a melodic flair and quietly assured approach which are far less common.”
Dave Gelly – Musician
“Dramatic flair, an impressive facility and an abundance of ideas"
Peter Quinn – Jazzwise
“Agility, clarity, and a beguiling vocalised quality. Her playing was as assured as it was polished.”
Chris Parker - Jazz Review
“No-nonsense solos built with impeccable technique and a lyrical flair.”
Peter Bacon – Birmingham Post
“She plays with an admirable technique and a musical elegance"
Ken Cheetham - Jazz Views