On Wednesday 15th March Mike Westbrook and Jonathan Gee perform Solo and Duo in the Steinway Festival at the Pizza Express Jazz Club, Soho.
On Friday 17th March The Westbrook Blake is at Kings Place . Phil Minton, Kate Westbrook, Chris Biscoe, Billy Thompson, Steve Berry and Mike Westbrook are joined by Paul Ayres and the London College of Music Chorus to perform settings of the poetry of William Blake.
See Diary for details
A second performance will be given at the Bury St Edmunds Festival ( May 19th) in which John Winfield will replace Phil Minton, and the choir will be directed by Christopher Moore.
Mike Westbrook’s solo album PARIS, and the DVD/CD Glad Day – LIVE and available from Westbrook Records. The Blake album Bright As Fire is now available as a download.
Tim Goodwin, Kate Westbrook, Martine Waltier., Billy Bottle, Alan Wakeman, Marcus Vergette and Mike Westbrook a.k.a, Westbrook & Company, are at the Barnfield, Exeter ( April 23rd), Vout-O- Reenee’s., London (April 28th and 29th) and The Village Hall, Calstock ( May 6th.).
Radio 2, April 24th Mike Westbrook is a guest on Jools Holland’s radio show, and plays a special arrangement of D.T.T.M. with Jools and the band, at the invitation of producer Mark Hagen.
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
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?)
The Uncommon Orchestra will be back with A Bigger Show in the Autumn. September 29th is already fixed at The Albany, South London. Meanwhile, if you haven’t already, dig Roz Harding’s complete solo on film on Gas, Dust, Stone, listen to sound samples, or Buy the Album. And Read All About it.
And remember a steaming night in Milano with our Milan Page in the
Photo Gallery and Sergio Amadori’s Rough Cut from Milan.
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
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).
New Film of Yellow Fig Leaf now online
On Monday August 4th 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.
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
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
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.
Gary Bayley's fascinating thesis on the music of Mike Westbrook is now online at Durham University's website as a PDF document.
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
Selected Highlighs from Kate Westbrook's Neoteric Music Hall:
Oceans, Straits Currents and Seas
The Devil and the Canny Lad
My Lazy Goodheart
The complete version of the Westbrook Trio's take on the Cole Porter classic, filmed live in St Etienne in 1993:
This 10 - minute film of the river, filmed by Will Halfacree with music score by Mike Westbrook can now be viewed on the website at:
The latest edition of the Westbrook Newsletter,
The Smith's Academy Informer is now online. Apologies for an error in the version sent to subscribers. A link to Westbrook Records was omitted. The download on this website has the error corrected. See the link above.
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: http://tinyurl.com/dxadww2
You can read more about the album on Alan's Website: http://tinyurl.com/d2c248t
the biography by Martyn Hanson
is now published by Temple Music
Order from Amazon
The Paris Interview 'Passent a Table ' Jazz Magazine
Download a PDF copy (In French)