Kate Westbrook
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
LAVOLTA 
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:
See here
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.


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
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
English Soup DVD
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.

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.
Acceptance Mark
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.
More information.     
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

SOCIAL MEDIA
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
KATE & MIKE ON TWITTER
Follow Kate and Mike Westbrook on Twitter

https://twitter.com/MikeJDWestbrook

https://twitter.com/KateJWestbrook
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CUFF CLOUT
SELECTED HIGHLIGHTS 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
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.

Keep up to date with Smith's Academy Notice Board
NEW ALBUMS BY DAVE HOLDSWORTH & ROZ HARDING
Dave Holdsworth, featured trumpet soloist with many of the most important jazz units in the UK, and the imaginative and distinctive alto saxophonist Roz Harding, who are both currently members of Mike Westbrook's Uncommon Orchestra, have recently released new albums of their own. We feature both albums here with sound samples and information on where to purchase them.
CATANIA – THE ALBUM
July 2017 saw the 25th anniversary of the three-day Mike Westbrook Music Festival in Catania, Sicily. Presented by the Associazione Catania Jazz the Mike Westbrook Orchestra performed, on consecutive nights BIG BAND ROSSINI, AFTER SMITH’S HOTEL and THE EUROPEAN SONG BOOK. Westbrook Records, in conjunction with Proper Music Distribution are releasing double CD of
selected highlights from the festival, entitled simply CATANIA. The album is drawn from various live recordings of the concerts, some of them only recently discovered, expertly assembled by the late Jon Hiseman with additional work by Jay Auborn and Callum Godfroy, of dBs Sound, producers of GRANITE.
Official UK release date for the CATANIA album is February 1st 2019.
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.
See Kate's paintings here
Kate Westbrook's
Latest News
PURE GOLD FOR RONNIE’S
Marking the UK release of the historic album CATANIA recorded in Sicily in 1992, Mike Westbrook brings his new big band THE UNCOMMON ORCHESTRA to Ronnie Scott’s club for one night only; Tuesday February 12th 2019.
The Orchestra features a galaxy of soloists and PURE GOLD, recently premiered in Catania and Palermo, offers a cornucopia of Westbrook classics from the mid 70s to the present day – from Citadel/Room 315 to A Bigger Show.
For more information and booking details, see Diary.

See “Gizzards All Gory” from the Catania concert.

See "Caught on Stage - Rossini Re-loaded in Pesaro" - Photographs by Alessandro  Eusebi.
KATE WESTBROOK’S ‘GRANITE’ FOR WOMEN IN JAZZ FESTIVAL
On April 26th Kate Westbrook takes her GRANITE BAND to Halle, Germany, for a performance of GRANITE and other current material, in the Women in Jazz Festival. Other UK based artists featured in the Festival includes Stacey Kent, Claire Teal, Zoe Rahman and Barb Jungr.

Full information on https://www.womeninjazz.de/

See here for news about the GRANITE album, reviews, photos etc
GRANITE FOR KINGS PLACE
The London premiere of Kate Westbrook’s GRANITE, a soliloquy, will be at Kings Place on Thursday May 16th 2019
Now Booking – see Diary for details.
KATE AND MIKE WESTBROOK ON TWITTER
Kate and Mike now have independent accounts on Twitter. These accounts will eventually replace the @westbrookjazz Twitter account, so to be sure of not missing the increased activity from them both on Twitter please follow their respective Twitter feeds.
https://twitter.com/MikeJDWestbrook

https://twitter.com/KateJWestbrook
KATE ON BBC RADIO 3 JAZZ NOW
Kate Westbrook’s interview with Emma Smith about GRANITE will be broadcast on May 13th, in advance of the London premiere  at Kings Place on May 16th. 
See Kate's Diary for Kings Place booking information.
GRANITE BAND FOR JAZZ SOUTH
Kate Westbrook’s Granite Band is one of six groups nominated for the brand new Jazz South touring scheme. The project will be launched on Sunday 24th March as part of Bristol’s Jazz and Blues Festival. The six Jazz South bands will perform in the foyer of The Colston Hall.
The concert is free and kicks off at mid-day with the Granite Band playing the first part of GRANITE.
See Diary for details.
Full line-up and information can be found at
https://jazzsouth.org.uk/