THE COSMIC CIRCUS
Original Peter 1970
film of ‘live” TV happening
directed by Tony Staveacre
Part One Part Two
NEW ON CD
MIKE WESTBROOK LIVE 1972
with George Khan, Gary Boyle, Butch Potter, Alan Jackson
the original Cadillac album re-mastered with additional tracks
by Jon Hiseman
Available from HUX RECORDS
Release date May 29th 2017
More information on this site
More information on Hux Records site
MIKE WESTBROOK CONCERT BAND
The 1969 Deram double album re-issued with a bonus CD of previously unissued
material by the Mike Westbrook Sextet, Quartet and Concert Band.
In a 3 CD box set with specially commissioned liner notes by Duncan Heining
Another Planet Music /Cherry Red Records
Release date May 19th 2017
Available from Cherry Red Records
Also of Current Interest
HEY! BUDDY BOLDEN! - BACK FROM THE ARCHIVES!
Information about the Opera COMING THROUGH SLAUGHTER about the “first man of jazz” is now installed on a new webpage, with extended samples from the score, featuring Wills Morgan as Buddy. (that was 1994 - isn’t it about time to get “Slaughter” fully staged?)
DISSONANCE, TRILLS AND THUMPS (Courtesy Financial Times)
MIKE WESTBROOK AND JONATHAN GEE MEET OVER TWO STEINWAYS IN SOHO
Here is D.T.T.M
Mike Westbrook’s solo album PARIS and Jonathan Gee’s Trio album DRAGONFLY are both on ASC Records.
Mike Westbrook's PARIS can be purchased online from Westbrook Records.
YET ANOTHER VERSION OF DTTM
Recently recorded by Mike with Jools Holland and his Band for Jools’s Radio Two show.
AFTER SMITH'S HOTEL
Mike Westbrook’s composition After Smith’s Hotel was only ever performed once. This was at Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh, in October 1983. Now, as one of a number of ways to mark Mike’s 80th birthday, and his fifty-odd years as a composer/bandleader, Westbrook Jazz has released as a download an archive recording of the complete concert. The double CD length download is now available in MP3 at £8.99 & a CD quality FLAC version at £9.99
Information about the download
GARY BAYLEY'S THESIS ON THE MUSIC OF MIKE WESTBROOK
Gary Bayley's fascinating thesis on the music of Mike Westbrook is now online at Durham University's website as a PDF document.
NOW SHOWING - ARCHIVE FILMS
CHURSTON WOODS- THEN AND NOW
This beautiful and moving film by Stan Willis uses as its sound track “Pastorale” from the Westbrook Orchestra’s album Citadel/Room 315, featuring solos by Henry Lowther on trumpet and Alan Wakeman on tenor saxophone.
Churston Woods Film
CAPTURED ON FILM - LOU GARE PLAYS D.T.T.M.
Matthew North's film of Lou Gare's solo on the Mike Westbrook composition D.T.T.M. - dedicated to the memory of Danilo Terenzi and Tony Marsh - is now released. The occasion was the performance by The Uncommon Orchestra at the Barnfield Theatre, Exeter on 18th December 2014.
D.T.T.M. Lou Gare & The Uncommon Orchestra
We remember Lindsay Cooper who died on September 18th 2013 with film of her in The Cortege with the Mike Westbrook Orchestra in 1982.
We remember Tony Marsh who died on 9th April 2012 with a film from the first performance of "On Duke's Birthday" in 1984. East Stratford Too-Doo
TWO SHORT FILMS OF LOU GARE
Stan Willis has uploaded two films of saxophonist Lou Gare improvising.
Do take a look:
ALAN WAKEMAN CD
For the first time on CD is a re-release of the 1978 album Wilderness Of Glass by Triton. Triton are Alan Wakeman - tenor & soprano saxes, Paul Bridge - double bass, Nigel Morris - drums. At the time Barry McRae of Jazz Journal wrote "Any reader with a taste for thoughtful modern jazz should give this a try."
You can buy the album from JAZZCDs
You can read more about the album on Alan's Website
PLAYING THE BAND - THE MUSICAL LIFE OF JON HISEMAN
the biography by Martyn Hanson
is now published by Temple Music
Order from Amazon
MIKE WESTBROOK AT "ALL ABOUT JAZZ"
An article by Duncan Heining covering Mike Westbrook's career from the early days of 'Celebration' to present day works such as 'English Soup' and 'The Serpent Hit' is featured on the "All About Jazz" website.
Mike Westbrook: Art Wolf at 75
MIKE WESTBROOK ON FACEBOOK
Mike's Facebook page: http://tinyurl.com/66ufq7z
The Uncommon Orchestra Page: http://tinyurl.com/j2gkoqs
Kate Westbrook joins Mike Westbrook on Facebook.
Please visit and "like" Kate's page: http://tinyurl.com/6g7orom
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 Matt North)
SMITH'S ACADEMY INFORMER (SAI 106 - September 2017)
The latest edition of the Westbrook Newsletter, The Smith's Academy Informer is now online.
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
FINE 'N YELLOW
The CD version of Fine ‘n Yellow is now re-issued on ASC Rcords (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).
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.
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.
LOVE FOR SALE
The complete version of the Westbrook Trio's take on the Cole Porter classic, filmed live in St Etienne in 1993:
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
This 10 - minute film of the river, filmed by Will Halfacree with music score by Mike Westbrook can now be viewed on WestbrookJazz.
KATE AND MIKE WESTBROOK
The Paris Interview 'Passent a Table ' Jazz Magazine
Download a PDF copy in French
WESTBROOKJAZZ NOW ON TWITTER
Follow Westbrookjazz on Twitter: http://twitter.com/westbrookjazz
NEXT STOP BIRMINGHAM
Following the Uncommon Orchestra’s stunning performances at The Albany and The Apex, next outing for the “Phantasmagorical Circus” will be the Blue Orange Theatre, Birmingham on December 17th, courtesy of Birmingham Jazz and sponsored by Airshaft Trust. Its been too long since a Westbrook band last played the city ( was it Big Band Rossini?) so special thanks to trombonist Joe Carnell, now studying at the Conservatoire, for renewing the connection.
For Matt North’s ‘ Taste of Bury’ see here
To see more films, listen to sound samples, read the reviews and find out how to buy the album,
REMEMBERING CATANIA 1992
July saw the 25th anniversary of the three-day Mike Westbrook Music Festival in Catania, Sicily.
Presented by Associazione Catania Jazz the Mike Westbrook Orchestra, plus guest soloists performed, on consecutive nights, Big Band Rossini, After Smith’s Hotel and The European Song Book.
As a souvenir of this great occasion, have a look at Sergio Amadori’s photos and listen to Alan Barnes’ solo on View From The Drawbridge.
BIGGER SHOW - SWISS SYLE!
Mike and Kate Westbrook will be guests at the Unerhört Festival , Zurich at the end of November.
There will be performances of music from A Bigger Show with a big band of Jazz students in Lucerne and Winterthur. The centenary of the birth of Thelonious Monk will be celebrated during the festival with a series of solo piano concerts, one of which will be given by Mike Westbrook. Mike will then return to 19 rue Paul Fort in Paris for a French launch of the PARIS CD, recorded there last summer.
See Diary for details.
MARCUS VERGETTE PREMIERES HARMONIC CANON
Dominic Murcott composer
Arx Duo percussion Marcus Vergette sculptor
Thursday 23 November 7:30 pm
Higher Eggbeer Barn, nr Exeter
EX6 6JQ Phone: 01647 24760
£10 on the door
Featuring a half-ton double bell - designed and created by sculptor Marcus Vergette - The Harmonic Cannon explores an immersive and entrancing sound world. Be part of, and witness this unique collaboration between composer, performer, and sculptor, as US based virtuosic percussion ensemble, Arx Duo, perform Dominic Murcott’s highly anticipated composition The Harmonic Canon, in the atmospheric setting of Higher Eggbeer Barn, Cheriton Bishop
dominicmurcott.com www.arxduo.com www.marcusvergette.co.uk
For directions and accessibility for Higher Eggbeer, please visit their website.
• 20th November - Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival
• 23th November - Higher Eggbeer, Cheriton Bishop
• 26th November- The Asylum, Peckham, London