Annie Booth is a versatile and award-winning composer, arranger, and jazz pianist. She has received national recognition for her work as a composer/arranger with awards and grants from the likes of ASCAP (Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composers’ Awards, Phoebe Jacobs Prize), Downbeat Magazine, the Jazz Education Network, the International Society for Jazz Arrangers and Composers, and Chamber Music America. She is a commissioned composer, having composed works for institutions such as the University of Denver, the University of Idaho, and the University of Nevada, Reno, where she was the Commissioned Composer for the 2022 Reno Jazz Festival with her piece, Sagebrush.
Annie’s writing spans from small group jazz to big band and chamber works. Her forthcoming studio album, Flowers Of Evil - to be released on October 13, 2023 - is an original song cycle of the poetry of 19th century French poet Charles Baudelaire composed for 11-piece chamber-jazz group. Flowers Of Evil features renowned soprano Kathryn Radakovich. Additionally, Booth leads and writes for the Annie Booth Big Band, a diverse multi-generational 18-piece jazz orchestra. Booth has released five albums as a bandleader and has appeared on more than a dozen as a side-musician.
Annie Booth is a respected jazz educator and has appeared as a guest artist-educator at institutions such as the the University of North Texas Jazz Combo Workshop, the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, the Reno Jazz Festival, the UNC/Greeley Jazz Festival, Seattle JazzEd, and more. For many years, she has worked with students in the Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz Arts (CCJA) directing combos, teaching at summer camps, and leading the SheBop Young Women in Jazz Workshop, which she developed and about which she wrote her pedagogy-focused master’s thesis. She is on faculty at the University of Denver's Lamont School of Music in the Jazz & Commercial Program teaching jazz piano, improvisation, composition, and arranging.
In 2023, she launched Brava Jazz Publishing with business partner and fellow jazz composer/arranger Alan Baylock. The first publishing outlet of its kind, Brava Jazz Publishing is on a mission to support and champion women composers and arrangers in the field of big band jazz by creating a platform for their work to be widely published and distributed.