The BAND OF BANDS album was recorded live by Matthew North at Ashburton Arts Centre, Devon in November 2023 mixed and produced by Jay Auborn at dBs Pro studio Bristol. The album is made possible by the valued support of Airshaft Trust and the generous patronage of friends and supporters in many countries.
The mix of composition, song and improvisation has been at the heart of many Westbrook projects, from the seminal Brass Band of the ‘70s to the Westbrook Trio and the Uncommon Orchestra.
In BAND OF BANDS there are re-creations of Westbrook classics alongside new compositions, and arrangements of some lesser known standards, all interpreted by some of the UK’s most original and distinctive soloists.

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BAND OF BANDS - THE ALBUM
June 28th 2024 will see the release of the Band’s debut album.
The BAND OF BANDS brings together key musicians from Mike and Kate Westbrook’s many small-scale projects. Joining the Trio of vocalist/songwriter Kate, composer/pianist Mike and saxophonist Chris Biscoe, are four long-time alumni,- accordionist Karen Street, saxophonist/clarinettist Pete Whyman, Marcus Vergette on bass and Coach York on drums.
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Karen Street
Chris Biscoe
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Pete Whyman
Coach York
Marcus Vergette
Mike Westbrook
“Whether he is writing for a trio or a 20 piece orchestra, Westbrook's style is unmistakable. He combines instruments in unique ways, twists conventional jazz forms into surprising new shapes and seasons it all with delicate touches of humour and irony.” - The Observer
Kate Westbrook
”one of the most unique, expressive and flexible voices one could find between the Atlantic and the Urals”- Jazz Magazine (France)
Chris Biscoe
Karen Street
“He’s made the territory between post-bop and free-jazz entirely his own, deploying his arsenal of bent tones, slithering runs and bluesy multiphonics.” - The Guardian
“the accordion of the remarkable Karen Street transfixed the audience with a long unaccompanied improvisation…..the most astonishing single piece of playing I’ve heard this year.” The Blue Moment
Pete Whyman
Marcus Vergette
Coach York
“A fine virtuoso. The level of technical certainty was awesome.” - The Guardian
“Musician, bell-maker, sculptor, Marcus was born on the banks of the Mississippi River in Southern Illinois. He is a bass player renowned for his Mingus-influenced prowess.” Paintbox
“..powerhouse kit work - very hard, granular, crystalline and totally rock solid.” London Jazz
"The septet is both an expansion of the trio and a reduction of the big band, capable of handling everything from the fast bebop of the opening “Glad Day”, one of Westbrook’s pieces inspired by William Blake, through a brilliantly recast version of Billy Strayhorn’s “Johnny Come Lately” to the slow-rolling gospel cadences of “Blues for Terenzi” and the open spaces of “Unsigned Panorama”, with marvellous unaccompanied solos by Whyman (on clarinet) and Street".
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Kate Westbrook with Mike
photo: FKADuckh
above photos: Robert Crowley
Supported by Airshaft Trust
See Diary for information about performances

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BAND OF BANDS
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