Over the past 25 years Ann has freelanced as a saxophonist in all areas of the music business and performed with the bands of Jack Sheldon, Bill Berry, Bill Holman, Buddy Childers, Buddy Collette, the Frank Capp/Nat Pierce Juggernaut and the American Jazz Philharmonic.
She played lead alto with the Don Ellis Orchestra, appearing at the Newport, North Sea and Montreux Jazz festivals and on two of the band’s recordings. Other artists with whom she has played and/or recorded include Cleo Laine, Joe Williams, Etta James, Plas Johnson, Neil Sedaka, Sammy Davis, Jr., Lou Rawls, Barry White, The Temptations, El DeBarge, Nell Carter, John Mayall, Ray Charles and k.d. lang.
Ann also leads Maiden Voyage, the acclaimed 17-piece all-female orchestra she founded in Los Angeles in 1980 that has appeared at the Playboy, Monterey, Concord, Tucson Primavera and Jazz on the Rocks (Sedona) Jazz festivals as well las at numerous Los Angeles area festivals and at the Hollywood Bowl.
Maiden Voyage has toured Japan three times, performed at the Kennedy Center’s Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival twice, opened for Billy Crystal at the Universal Amphitheater in Los Angeles, been a guest of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
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A graduate of the University of North Texas and the University of Illinois as a classical oboist, Ann received a doctorate in Jazz Studies from the University of Southern California. Named Jazz Educator of the Year in 2000 by the Los Angeles Jazz Society, she has taught at the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point, Cerritos College, California State University at Dominguez Hills and currently teaches jazz improvisation at El Camino College.
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