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.
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