BLAKE BURNS BRIGHT IN BURY
Smith’s Academy’s Spring activities ended on a high with what many judged to be “the best ever performance of The Westbrook Blake”, presented by Airshaft Trust at the Bury St Edmunds Festival. The Westbrook Blake will be back next season.
Meanwhile here’s a clip of Billy Thompson’s solo on Let The Slave, (courtesy of Matthew North)
SMITH'S ACADEMY INFORMER (SAI 106 - September 2017)
The latest edition of the Westbrook Newsletter, The Smith's Academy Informer is now online.
THE CORTEGE- NOW ON FILM
Tony Staveacre’s documentary of the 1982 tour of the Westbrooks’ masterwork featuring Kate Westbrook, Phil Minton and a star-packed Orchestra can now be seen on YouTube
Part One Part Two
A stunning performance on a stormy night at the Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis brought to a close the current tour by this contemporary music ensemble featuring the voices of Kate Westbrook and Sara Owen in music by Berio, Walton, Weill, Vaughan Williams, Morton Feldman, Bartok, Donatoni and Judith Weir. We look forward eagerly to the group’s return.
More information about Lavolta
Also of Current Interest
LOVE FOR SALE
The complete version of the Westbrook Trio's take on the Cole Porter classic, filmed live in St Etienne in 1993:
SERPENT HIT NEWS
What they are saying about THE SERPENT HIT
Some of our foremost Jazz writers respond to the album.
See the the articles by
Richard Williams, Chris Parker, John Fordham, Dave Gelly, Stephen Graham, Duncan Heining, Andy Robson and Chris Searle.
More information about The Serpent Hit & The CD
MICHAEL FINNISSY - TRANSGRESSIVE GOSPEL PAGE
We have a page about Michael Finnissy's Transgressive Gospel which was premiered at Wilton's Music Hall in London as part of the Spitalfields Music Summer Festival in June 2009. Kate Westbrook joined Richard Jackson and Finnissy's favourite ensemble IXION. Michael Finnissy conducted the piece.
FINE 'N YELLOW
The CD version of Fine ‘n Yellow is now re-issued on ASC Records (ASC CD 149) with UK distribution by Proper Note. The album is also available from Westbrook Records.
You can also download Fine 'n Yellow as a CD quality Flac file or as an MP3 file from Westbrook Downloads. We have changed our download host and we can once again offer the download all over the world.
Following rave reviews in the French Jazz Press the Fine ‘n Yellow album was selected by staff reviewers of the Italian magazine Musica Jazz as one of the top albums of the year. CDs will now bear the sticker ‘consigliato da musica jazz’ recommended by Musica Jazz).
ENGLISH SOUP DVD/CD
Now available exclusively from Westbrook Records, in a Special Limited Edition for collectors, comprising DVD, audio CD and Recipes.
See here for details
Selected Westbrook recordings can now be purchased online direct from Westbrook Records with payment being made via PayPal. (It's possible to pay using PayPal without opening an account with them). It's also possible to pay by cheque if you wish.
Further information on the CDs available and how to pay
are on the main Westbrook Records page.
We've added CDs of The Cortege, Chanson Irresponsable and The Orchestra of Smith's Academy to the list of CDs and DVDs that you can buy direct from Westbrook Records. The price of the DVD/CD English Soup has also been dramatically reduced!
Take a look.
BBC JAZZ ON 3 MARKED THE CENTENARY OF THE OUTBREAK OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR WITH THE WESTBROOKS’ “PICARDIE”
On Monday August 4th 2014 BBC Jazz on 3 broadcasted in full The Picardie section from the album London Bridge is Broken Down by Kate and Mike Westbrook.
Details of the London Bridge album
The BBC Radio 3 interview with Kate and Mike can be heard on SoundCloud.
KATE AND MIKE WESTBROOK
The Paris Interview 'Passent a Table ' Jazz Magazine
Download a PDF copy in French
KATE WESTBROOK ON FACEBOOK
Kate Westbrook joins Mike Westbrook on Facebook.
Kate's Page: http://tinyurl.com/6g7orom
Mike's page: http://tinyurl.com/66ufq7z
The Uncommon Orchestra Page: http://tinyurl.com/j2gkoqs
WESTBROOKJAZZ NOW ON TWITTER
Follow Westbrookjazz on Twitter: http://twitter.com/westbrookjazz
PAINTBOX JANE – THE LAST PEFORMANCE BEFORE NEW YORK
Following a spellbinding performance at the Speakeasy, Torquay http://speakeasytorquay.com/westbrook-company/ Westbrook & Company take their tribute to Roaul Dufy to St Ives, famed as the erstwhile epicentre of Modernist Art, where they will
appear at the Jazz Club on July 24th. See diary for details.
DIANA AND ACTÆON
Kate’s exhibition of paintings on this classic theme has come to the end of its successful run at the Malthouse Gallery, Lyme Regis.
To keep in touch with future plans visit http://tinyw.in/JK4r
GRANITE PREMIERE AND ALBUM LAUNCH AT DARTMOOR FESTIVAL
Kate Westbrook’s new album, inspired by her love of Dartmoor and its granite quarries, is a unique concept, brilliantly produced by Jay Auborn. Kate’s astonishing vocal range, and strikingly original
lyrics are matched by Mike Westbrook’s genre-busting score and the outstanding and inventive playing of her new group THE GRANITE BAND: Roz Harding saxophones Jesse Molins guitar
Matthew North guitar Billie Bottle bass guitar Mike Westbrook piano Coach York drums.
The World Premiere of GRANITE will be at Ashburton Arts Centre, Devon on June 21st as part of The Dartmoor Resonance Music Festival. See diary for details.
GRANITE the album will be launched at the concert and will then be available direct from Westbrook Records prior to its official release in July.
As part of a new deal Westbrook Records are now distributed world-wide by Proper Music Distribution who also handle the Enjaand ASC catalogues.
GRANITE is commissioned by Frank Eichler the GRANITE album is supported by Airshaft Trust
UNCOMMON ORCHESTRA - WHERE NEXT?
The Orchestra rounded off the year with what many agreed was the best ever performance of A Bigger Show, in Birmingham just before Xmas ( read Gary Corbett’s review). The bandwagon will start rolling again in the summer. More news soon.
Meanwhile for Matthew North’s Taste of Bury see here.
More Uncommon Orchestra Films.
THE UNCOMMON ORCHESTRA PLUS GUESTS IN
Thursday 15th November CATANIA
Friday 16th November PALERMO
Saturday 17th November PESARO
with thanks to Pompeo Benincasa of Catania Jazz and celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Mike Westbrook Festival in Catania '92'
Full line up soon.
ALL CHANGE AT SMITH’S ACADEMY
For over 30 years the Smith’s Academy Informer, founded by John and Margery Styles has chronicled the activities of the Westbrook Band. Originally a printed, quarterly newsletter circulated by post, latterly published online more
sporadically, the SAI has kept track of tours, recordings and new projects.
Now that the relaying of up-to-date information is provided by the Social Media and the Diary and Latest News pages on the website, the Informer is free to concentrate on its other function, that of providing a space for reportage and background information.
Re-invented as the Smith’s Academy Notice Board, it will in future set out to give a platform to comment, analysis and in-depth writing on relevant topics. The Notice Board will be published on the website and each new edition notified to a mailing list of subscribers. Join Our Mailing List to be kept "Informed".
Back issues of SAI will continue to be available on the website.
Issue No 1 of Smith’s Academy Notice Board is devoted to Kate Westbrook’s “Tracks of Desire”, written in advance of the World Premiere and album release of GRANITE.
JON HISEMAN 1944 - 2018
It was with great sadness that we learned of the death of Jon Hiseman, drummer, bandleader, recording engineer and producer whose illustrious career involved working with many major musicians in the worlds of Jazz and Rock, notably his wife, saxophonist/ composer Barbara Thompson. We send our condolences to Barbara, Ana, Marcus and all Jon’s family and friends.
From the mid 80s Jon produced most of the albums made by Kate and Mike Westbrook, making an enormous contribution to their music.
For a personal tribute by Mike Westbrook, see the Smith’s Academy Notice Board.