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
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:
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.
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).
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
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.
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.
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
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
WESTBROOKJAZZ NOW ON TWITTER
Follow Westbrookjazz on Twitter: http://twitter.com/westbrookjazz
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.
Issue No 1 of Smith’s Academy Notice Board is devoted to Kate Westbrook’s “Tracks of Desire”, written in advance of the World Premiere and album release of GRANITE.
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.
SMITH'S ACADEMY NOTICE BOARD
The Smith's Academy Informer has been superseded by The Smith's Academy Notice Board, and we have a new post. A review by Angela Jianu of Paintbox Jane as performed at St. Ives, Cornwall on 24 July. Take a look.
BLAKE FOR PARRY FESTIVAL
The Parry 100 Festival in Bournemouth celebrates the centenary of the death of the composer Sir Hubert Parry, famous for his ever-popular setting of William Blake’s ‘Jerusalem’. Following this connection the Festival presents a performance of Mike’s Blake settings in St Peter’s Church on October 6th. There are changes to THE WESTBROOK BLAKE as pianist Matthew Bourne and actor Tim Goodwin join Phil Minton, Kate Westbrook, Chris Biscoe, Billy Thompson, Steve Berry and local choir Rising Voices with their director Ali Sharpe. On this occasion for health reasons Mike will be acting as Musical Director.
See Diary for details
Here’s a clip of Billy Thompson’s solo on Let The Slave, recorded in Bury St Edmunds ( courtesy Matthew North).
GRANITE – THE ALBUM
Following a triumphant “live” premiere in The Dartmoor Resonance Music Festival, Kate Westbrook’s new album is now officially released. Distributed by Proper Music the CD is also available direct from Westbrook Records.
Here’s a taste
For more information comment, reviews and samples click here.
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, plus guests performed, on consecutive nights BIG BAND ROSSINI, AFTER SMITH’S HOTEL and THE EUROPEAN SONG BOOK. This autumn Westbrook Records are releasing a double CD of selected highlights from the festival, entiled 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.
PURE GOLD IN ITALY
In November The Uncommon Orchestra will retrace the steps of the Mike Westbrook Orchestra from 1992 with a concert in Catania. This will be followed by further concerts, in Palermo and Pesaro. Organised by Pompeo Benincasa , the Catania concert is both a celebration of more than a quarter of a century of jazz promotions by the Associazione Catania Jazz (beginning with The Sun Ra Arkestra in 1983) and the Italian launch of The Westbrook Orcherstra’s CATANIA album. A special programme PURE GOLD will bring together Westbrook Classics ranging from CITADEL/ROOM 315 to A BIGGER SHOW. In Pesaro, Rossini’s birthplace, and centre of an ongoing festival of the maestro’s music, the performance will be of BIG BAND ROSSINI.
More details on the diary page.
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.
To keep in touch with future plans visit http://tinyw.in/JK4r