Tenor Saxophonist

Anna Brooks

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Tenor Saxophonist
Sutton Coldfield
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The UK's most acclaimed female saxophonist, Anna is available to hire with a DJ or as a solo saxophonist with high-quality backing tracks.

Anna Brooks 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 is also a member of TV star Shane Richie's band. 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, John Mayer's 'Indo-Jazz Fusions', '70s Glam Rocker Roy Wood's 'Big Band', The Walsall Jazz Orchestra, Roy G Hemmings' 'Dictionary Of Soul' and The City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. 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.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I require car parking close to venues
I can perform with backing tracks
I can perform while walking around a venue
My equipment is PAT tested
I own a PA system
Musicianship
Genres:
Jazz, Blues, Cabaret, Dixieland, Gypsy jazz, Jazz fusion, Latin jazz, Modern jazz, Postmodern jukebox jazz, Ragtime, Swing, Barbershop, Gospel, Originals, Pop, Acoustic, Ambient pop, Americana, Covers, Disco, Funk, Funk rock, Hip Hop, Karaoke, Motown, R&B, Soul, Top 40, Tribute, Vintage, Rock, Alternative rock, Britpop, Classic rock, Glam rock, Hard rock, Hardcore, Heavy metal, Indie, Pop rock, Post rock, Power rock, Progressive rock, Punk rock, Rock 'n' Roll, Synth rock, World music, Afrobeat, Bossa nova, Brazilian music, Latin, Reggae, Salsa, Ska, Samba
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Instruments:
Tenor saxophone, Keyboard, Alto saxophone, Musical Director, Arranger, Baritone saxophone, Soprano saxophone, Singer
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Event types:
Private event, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Arranger, Orchestrator, Transcription, Fluent sight-reader, Fluent improviser, Perfect pitch, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Singing teaching
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Song list

September - Earth Wind And Fire
My Cherie Amour - Stevie Wonder
Sing - Ed Sheeran
Uptown Funk - Mark Ronson
All Of Me - John Legend
I Heard It Through The Grapevine - Marvin Gaye
Treasure - Bruno Mars
I’m Yours - Jason Mraz
Jubel - Klingande
Pick Up The Pieces - Candy Dulfer
Valerie - Amy Winehouse
Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheehan
How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You - Marvin Gaye
I Say A Little Prayer - Aretha Franklin
Rock With You - Michael Jackson
Feel Like Making Love - Roberta Flack
Breezin’ - George Benson
Try A Little Tenderness - Otis Redding
My Girl - The Temptations
You’re Beautiful - James Blunt
Happy - Pharell Williams
Half Time - Amy Winehouse
How Deep Is Your Love - The Bee Gees
New York State Of Mind - Billy Joel
Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight - James Taylor
Play That Funky Music - Wild Cherry
Just The Way You Are - Billy Joel
Put It Where You Want It - The Average White Band
I Got The Feelin’ - James Brown
She’s Always A Woman To Me - Billy Joel
Snakes - Dave Sanborn
Soul With A Capital ’S’ - Tower Of Power
Superstition - Stevie Wonder
If You’re Not The One - Daniel Bedingfield
Wonderful Tonight - Eric Clapton
Use Me - Bill Withers
What’s Going On - Marvin Gaye
Let’s Stay Together - Al Green
Killing Me Softly - Roberta Flack
Just Like A Star - Corrine Bailey Rae
Black Magic Woman - Santana
Another Star - Stevie Wonder
Red Barron - Marcus Miller
Last Night A DJ Saved My Life - Indeep
You Are The Sunshine Of My Life - Stevie Wonder
I Wish - Stevie Wonder
Don't Know Why - Norah Jones
Empire State Of Mind - Alicia Keys
And I Love Her - The Beatles
The Chicken - Jaco Pastorious
Summertime (Jazz Standard)
Georgia On My Mind (Jazz Standard)
All Blues (Jazz Standard)
Freddie Freeloader (Jazz Standard)
and many more...

Reviews

From customers:

Lars P, 5 years ago

'Anna is a brilliant sax player, equally dazzling on soprano, alto, tenor and bari. Also totally professional and a pleasure to work with. Plus she has great frocks and shoes...'

Andy B, 5 years ago

Anna is an amazing sax player, world class great arranger and pleasure to work with... a truly gifted musician.

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