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RA0UL DUFY - THE MUSICAL!
The PAINTBOX TOUR CONTINUES

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).
See diary


WESTBROOK BLAKE FOR BURY ST. EDMUNDS
Following a triumphant performance at London’s Kings Place on March 17th., The Westbrook Blake will be presented at the Bury St. Edmunds Festival on May 19th.. The line up will be: John Winfield, Kate Westbrook, voices Chris Biscoe, saxes, Billy Thompson, violin, Steve Berry, bass  and Mike Westbrook, piano, plus choir directed by Christopher Moore.
See Diary

Glad Day - live, the DVD/CD can be purchased from Westbrook Records.
The long deleted 1980 recording of The Westbrook Blake - Bright As Fire is now available as a download only in CD quality or mp3 from Westrbrook Downloads.


D.T.T.M. ON BBC TOO
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.


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


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?)


on the uncommon front
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.


Also of Current Interest


DISSONANCE, TRILLS AND THUMPS  (courtesy Financial Times)
MIKE WESTBROOK AND JONATHAN GEE MEET OVER TWO STEINWAYS IN SOHO

Mike Westbrook & Jonathan Gee
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.

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).
CD Information.

Yellow Fig Leaf film
New Film of Yellow Fig Leaf now online


BBC JAZZ ON 3 MARKED THE CENTENARY OF THE OUTBREAK OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR WITH THE WESTBROOKS’ “PICARDIE”
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.

More information.
Details of the London Bridge album
The BBC Radio 3 interview with Kate and Mike can be heard on SoundCloud.


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


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


english soup DVD/CD
English Soup DVDNow available exclusively from Westbrook Records, in a Special Limited Edition for collectors, comprising DVD, audio CD and Recipes.


See here for details

 


WESTBROOK RECORDS
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.

Acceptance Mark
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 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


LINDSAY COOPER
We remember Lindsay Cooper who died on September 18th 2013 with film of her in The Cortege with the Mike Westbrook Orchestra in 1982.


TONY MARSH
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
Guardian Obituary


CUFF CLOUT
Selected Highlighs from Kate Westbrook's Neoteric Music Hall:
Oceans, Straits Currents and Seas
Riddle
The Devil and the Canny Lad
My Lazy Goodheart
One Cezanne Apple


LOVE FOR SALE
The complete version of the Westbrook Trio's take on the Cole Porter classic, filmed live in St Etienne in 1993:
http://www.westbrookjazz.co.uk/mikewestbrook/lfsalefilm.shtml

TAMAR RIVER
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:
http://www.westbrookjazz.co.uk/mikewestbrook/tamarfilm.shtml


TWO SHORT FILMS OF LOU GARE
Stan Willis has uploaded two films of saxophonist Lou Gare improvising.
Do take a look:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lSw9F16BPm8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ww7z7SI2qhw


SMITH'S ACADEMY INFORMER (SAI 104 - october 2016)
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.


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: http://tinyurl.com/dxadww2
You can read more about the album on Alan's Website: http://tinyurl.com/d2c248t


PLAYING THE BAND - THE MUSICAL LIFE OF JON HISEMANPlaying The Band
the biography by Martyn Hanson
is now published by Temple Music
Order from Amazon

 

 

 

 


INTERVIEWS


KATE AND MIKE WESTBROOK
The Paris Interview 'Passent a Table '  Jazz Magazine
Download a PDF copy (In French)


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


SOCIAL MEDIA

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


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