Anna Brooks is a multi saxophonist, musical director, music arranger, composer and recording artist based in the United Kingdom. She has enjoyed an extremely diverse and prestigious career to date, recording and playing alongside some of the biggest names in Jazz, Funk, Rock, Pop, Classical, Soul and Indian music, as well as with her own ensembles. As a musical director, arranger and music preparation specialist, she has worked with ensembles from small bands to full orchestras, with her clients including the BBC, The Drifters, Ridley Scott and The City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. . As a freelance recording artist, she has appeared on countless artist's albums on soprano, tenor, alto, baritone saxophones and backing vocals.
In 2011 Anna joined The Brooklyn Funk Essentials as multi saxophonist and backing vocalist. This unique band, which mixes Jazz, Funk, Reggae, Ska, Hip Hop and Turkish folk music became a staple of the New York City club scene in the 1990s and now has a loyal worldwide fan base which follows them to international venue, festival and television appearances. In 2015 Anna recorded on tenor / baritone saxes and backing vocals for BFE’s fifth album ‘Funk Ain’t Ova’.
Anna’s music education saw her studying Classical and Jazz saxophone at the Birmingham Conservatoire, from where she graduated in 1996 with a first class honors degree. Anna has performed on numerous occasions with The City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra but Jazz became her main focus during her studies and she was featured in the Jerwood ‘Rising Star’ series at the Cheltenham International Jazz Festival in 2002, for which she was also commissioned to write music for her band The Anna Brooks Quintet’.Later that year she was signed by Red Kite Records who released her debut album of original compositions entitled 'My Time’. The EP ‘Going My Way’ also featuring Anna’s own compositions followed in 2006.
As musical director and tenor saxophonist, Anna spent two years with George Treadwell’s legendary group ‘The Drifters’. This followed two years touring with ‘70s glam-rocker Roy Wood of ‘Wizzard' and ‘The Electric Light Orchestra’ and several years touring and recording with composer / violinist John Mayer’s ‘Indo-Jazz Fusions’, for which the original line-up included jazz legends Joe Harriott and Kenny Wheeler. As lead alto saxophonist with the Walsall Jazz Orchestra, Anna appeared several times at the Montreux Jazz Festival and was featured on two albums. From 1996 to 2014, Anna was musical director, arranger and saxophonist with vocalist Roy G. Hemmings. With his ‘Dictionary Of Soul’ band, she toured UK theatres with the shows 'Reach Out To Motown' and 'The Sound Of Philadelphia and More’.
Aside from performing, Anna's reputation as a skilled composer and arranger has produced composition commissions for stage, television and film as well as arranging projects ranging from large theatre shows to small ensembles. She has composed music for TV and independent films, and as a music preparation specialist has prepared scores for BBC's 'Torchwood' and 'Doctor Who', ‘Hoodwinked Too!’ and Ridley Scott's 'Robin Hood'. Anna is also a tutor at the Birmingham Conservatoire, one of the UK’s most prestigious music colleges, where she teaches saxophone and jazz improvisation and coaches ensembles.