Paintbox Jane Westbrook & Company
featuring Tim Goodwin as Raoul Dufy
Kate Westbrook Martine Waltier Billy Bottle voices
Marcus Vergette double bass Alan Wakeman saxophones
Mike Westbrook piano
On the sea wall in Nice, Raoul Dufy paints a portrait of his muse Jane. A troupe of singers and instrumentalists celebrate the painter in Waltz, Jazz, Blues and Repartee until the sun goes down and envelopes the generous, sensual world of Monsieur Dufy.
Since winning the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Award in the late ‘70s with their Jazz Cabaret Mama Chicago, composer Mike and vocalist/librettist Kate have generated a succession of Music-Theatre pieces. They have written for the stage, for television and radio, and toured with Theatre, Dance and Opera companies as well as their own ensembles, throughout the UK, Europe and beyond. Much of their work has been released on CD.
‘Dufy not’ gouache on paper (34 x 46 cm) FkaDuckh
“No one has succeeded in creating a more distinctive body of work than
Mike and Kate Westbrook. Their mixture of jazz, music-theatre, poetry,
street entertainment and visuals is rich and unique.”
Dave Gelly in The Observer
commissioned by Bob Baker for Jane Mann
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photo: Simon Annand
Projects by singer, multi-instrumentalist and composer Billy Bottle, have ranged from indie-rock band Ethan, Kalevala-inspired prog-rock with Qadesh, to whimsical psych-folk with The Ambrose Giants. Billy has collaborated with Dave Sinclair (Caravan), Giffords Circus, choreographer Richard Chappell, soul label Random Records, musical theatre creators Matt Harvey & Thomas Hewitt-Jones and is a long-term supporter of The Dark Mountain Project. Billy has a duo with Martine Waltier (as seen on BBC’s The Voice) and a band, The Multiple, currently presenting their political multimedia show, The Other Place. Albums include Unrecorded Beam (Leo Records), art-rock settings of transcendentalist poet Henry David Thoreau.
After performing as a stand-up comedian and in music-hall, cabaret and variety, Tim Goodwin began his acting career. With over 35 years of experience in theatre and television, he has toured with numerous theatre companies in the UK and abroad, including The English Shakespeare Company, The Orange Tree Theatre, Stage West, Forestage Theatre, The Rude Mechanicals and The National Street Theatre. He has presented live television and worked on TV drama and film alongside various commercials and infomercials. Tim's first love is theatre both as actor and director. Having worked as dramaturge on the Westbrooks A Bigger Show, Tim creates the role of Raoul Dufy in Paintbox Jane.
Marcus Vergette is a musician and sculptor, born on the banks of the Mississippi river in Southern Illinois. He designs and makes new bell forms with specific harmonic relationships. He has exhibited in the Venice Guggenheim, and in many public and private collections, across the UK and Europe. He has made public sculptures in Hungary, Armenia, Czech Republic, U.S.A., and the U.K. and is presently working on a bell for the U.N. buffer zone in Cyprus. He has recently performed and recorded his composition The Marsyas Suite, inspired by the Titian painting.
Alan Wakeman started playing clarinet at school during the ‘Trad’ boom of the early sixties. Picking up the alto sax, he first played for Mike Westbrook when the bandleader came to his school to teach art. On leaving school Alan attended the London College of Music all set to make an impression on the London jazz scene. In 1968, while still at college, he recorded his first broadcast for the BBC with Dave Holdsworth’s Quartet. Subsequently he recorded with many jazz musicians of the day: Mike, Graham Collier, Stan Tracy, John Dankworth, Don Rendell, Harry Beckett as well as Soft Machine.
Martine Waltier grew up in London surrounded by opera, jazz, choral music and urban beats. Having been classically trained in the violin, Martine moved into progressive rock whilst studying music at Roehampton University. After meeting Billy Bottle there, the two of them embarked on a musical career together through composition and performance. As well as Westbrook & Company, Martine is currently performing with The Uncommon Orchestra and writes and performs with Billy Bottle and The Multiple. She is a vocal tutor at The Academy of Music and Sound, Exeter and at Plymouth University.
Singer/songwriter Kate Westbrook was born in the U.K. and spent much of her childhood and early adult life in the USA. She studied Fine Art at Reading University and then taught at Leeds College of Art. In 1974 she joined Mike’s Brass Band and since then she has toured internationally with various bands and worked in theatre, on radio and TV. Currently Kate is working with Lavolta, a classical group based in the West Country. Like all the players in Paintbox Jane, Kate is a member of the 22-piece Uncommon Orchestra and they recently released their celebrated album A Bigger Show.
Composer Mike Westbrook formed his first band when studying painting at Plymouth Art School in the 1950s. Internationally acclaimed, he has written for jazz and classical ensembles, for the stage, television and experimental theatre. His song writing with Kate ranges from jazz cabaret to opera. Paintbox Jane is the latest in a succession of pieces combining song, dialogue, visual imagery, performance art, composition and improvisation. Current recordings include Glad Day, settings of William Blake, A Bigger Show with the Uncommon Orchestra and, most recently, his solo piano album, PARIS.
photo: Simon Annand