OH! DARLING GOES LIVE ON AUGUST 30th
The Westbrook Band’s version of the Beatles’ Oh! Darling! Will be online in advance of the official release date of ‘AFTER ABBEY ROAD’ on September 27th. This will be 50 years since the original release of the iconic Beatles album. An exclusively digital-only release, ‘After Abbey Road’ was recorded in concert in Nuremberg in 1996. John Winfield and Kate Westbrook are on vocals, with Brian Godding on guitar, Pete Whyman and Alan Wakeman on saxes, Andy Grappy on tuba, Mike Westbrook on piano and Peter Fairclough on drums.
More information on the After Abbey Road webpage.
Oh! Darling will be available to buy and to stream from 30th August.
Buy Oh Darling and Pre-order the album.
Stream Oh Darling on Spotify
THE COSMIC CIRCUS
Original Peter 1970 film of ‘live” TV happening
directed by Tony Staveacre
Part One Part Two
NOW ON CD
MIKE WESTBROOK LIVE 1972
with George Khan, Gary Boyle, Butch Potter, Alan Jackson
the original Cadillac album re-mastered with additional tracks by Jon Hiseman
Available from HUX RECORDS
More information on this site
More information on Hux Records site
MIKE WESTBROOK CONCERT BAND
The 1969 Deram double album re-issued with a bonus CD of previously unissued material by the Mike Westbrook Sextet, Quartet and Concert Band.In a 3 CD box set with specially commissioned liner notes by Duncan Heining.
Another Planet Music /Cherry Red Records
Available from Cherry Red Records
Also of Current Interest
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?)
DISSONANCE, TRILLS AND THUMPS (Courtesy Financial Times)
MIKE WESTBROOK AND JONATHAN GEE MEET OVER TWO STEINWAYS IN SOHO
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.
YET ANOTHER VERSION OF DTTM
Recently recorded by Mike with Jools Holland and his Band for Jools’s Radio Two show.
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
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
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
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
We remember Lindsay Cooper who died on September 18th 2013 with film of her in The Cortege with the Mike Westbrook Orchestra in 1982.
Remembering 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
TWO SHORT FILMS OF LOU GARE
Stan Willis has uploaded two films of saxophonist Lou Gare improvising.
Do take a look:
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
You can read more about the album on Alan's Website
PLAYING THE BAND - THE MUSICAL LIFE OF JON HISEMAN
the biography by Martyn Hanson
is now published by Temple Music
Order from Amazon
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
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
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 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).
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.
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 still 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.
LOVE FOR SALE
The complete version of the Westbrook Trio's take on the Cole Porter classic, filmed live in St Etienne in 1993:
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
This 10 - minute film of the river, filmed by Will Halfacree with music score by Mike Westbrook can now be viewed on WestbrookJazz.
KATE AND MIKE WESTBROOK
The Paris Interview 'Passent a Table ' Jazz Magazine
Download a PDF copy in French
For a taste of 1920s Paris here’s the opening sequence of the Dupont silent classic starring the notorious Olga Tchekova with Mike Westbrook’s score performed by the Matrix Ensemble. Formidable! http://bit.ly/2oIjRqG
Mike Westbrook in memory of LOU GARE is now available from Westbrook Records
see review at http://tinyw.in/uJC1
To order your copy please see here
Mike Westbrook Concert Band
THE LAST NIGHT AT THE OLD PLACE May 1968 was officially released on Cadillac on May 25th. See http://tinyw.in/vM1O and http://tinyw.in/Yh2e
Mike Westbrook STARCROSS BRIDGE
solo piano album on Hat Hut Records HatOLOGY 754. Release date 17th August 2018
Mike Westbrook Orchestra
Live in Sicily in 1992 double CD on Westbrook Records WR004
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.
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.
Following the release of Mike Westbrook’s PARIS, Werner Uehlinger, director of Hat Hut Records, commissioned a solo piano album for his label. Mike Westbrook’s STARCROSS BRIDGE is now released (hatOLOGY 754). The new album was recorded in concert at Hélène Aziza’s 19 rue Paul Fort, Paris, at the beginning of December last year, by Miles Ashton, edited and mixed by the late Jon Hiseman. This performance followed a solo concert in the Intakt Festival, Zurich, a festival celebrating the centenary of the birth of Thelonious Monk.
STARCROSS BRIDGE is available from Westbrook Records.
See the CD page for sound samples and a superbly perceptive review by Andy Robson of Jazzwize.
See Smith’s Academy Notice Board.
LAST NIGHT AT THE OLD PLACE
Mike Westbrook Concert Band
Recorded in May 1968, officially released on Cadillac on 25th May 2018
See http://tinyw.in/vM1O and http://tinyw.in/Yh2e
The album is disc of the month in the prestigious Italian magazine Musica Jazz
Read the review in Italian here
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.
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 have released a 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. The UK release of the Catania album was celebrated with a sell-out performance at Ronnie Scott’s in February. The 24-piece Uncommon Orchestra, fresh from its Italian tour, presented the first UK performance of PURE GOLD, a cornucopia of Westbrook classics from the mid 70s to the present day, - from Citadel/Room 315 to A Bigger Show. More information on the PURE GOLD page.
THE BIG BAND IS BACK
The next appearance by The Uncommon Orchestra will be at the Town Hall, Torquay on Sunday August 25th, a joint promotion by Westbrook Jazz and Fougou Music.
Subtitled 'Jazz on a Summer's afternoon' the concert will combine Westbrook originals with classics by Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Lionel Hampton. After years of disuse the magnificent town hall has been restored to its former glory. In the late 40s and 1950s it was a major venue for modern jazz, and for touring big bands, including the great Stan Kenton.
Mike Westbrook and the Orchestra aim to revive that tradition. See Diary for details, and booking information. See the poster.
Kate Westbrook takes The Granite Band into the Studio in July to record the follow-up album to GRANITE, with the same wonderful team of Roz Harding saxophones, Jesse Molins and Matthew North guitars, Billie Bottle bass guitar/vocals, Mike Westbrook piano and Coach York drums. Once again the producers will be Jay Auborn and Callum Godfroy. Kate’s latest songs and Mike’s new writing take The Granite Band in surprising directions. The album is supported by Airshaft Trust.
GRANITE FOR TEIGNMOUTH FESTIVAL
Following triumphant performances at the Women in Jazz Festival, Halle, Germany and at London's Kings Place, Kate's Granite Band is now looking forward to next season, with the help of the Jazz South Touring Scheme.
The Band's next scheduled appearance is at Teignmouth Jazz Festival on Sunday October 20th.
See Diary for details. Booking information to follow.
"PIANO" REISSUED AS A DOWNLOAD
Mike Westbrook's 'PIANO' album, first released on vinyl on the Original Records label in 1978 was later reissued on CD by Imptetus in 1995. The solo piano compositions, all by Mike Westbrook were based around well known English poems.
The album has been unavailable for too long and second hand copies have been known to fetch large amounts of money. We have decided to make it available as a download in either CD or mp3 quality. See here for further information and sound samples.
Other Westbrook downloads are also available
WESTBROOK DOWNLOADS NOW AVAILABLE FROM BANDCAMP
Our growing catalogue of exclusive digital downloads is now available from Bandcamp. Over the coming months we will be adding more titles. Currently, we have 'After Smith's Hotel' by The Mike Westbrook Orchestra from 1983, Mike Westbrook's 'Westbrook Blake - Bright As Fire' from 1980 and Mike's first solo piano album, 'Piano' from 1978. The downloads are available in Lossless FLAC, mp3 and more. See here to access the individual albums and listen to tracks & purchase.
KATE AND MIKE MEET GIOACCHINO ROSSINI ON RADIO WITH NDR BAND
On Sunday 15th September from 22.05 to 23.00 NDR will re-broadcast a recording of the premiere of the Westbrooks’ BIG BAND ROSSINI recorded in Hamburg in 1990.
Commissioned specially by the NDR Band, BIG BAND ROSSINI features Kate singing arias from The Barber of Seville, Othello and William Tell, Mike Westbrook on piano and drummer Dave Barry with the NDR Band. Directed by Dieter Glawishnig, the star- studded big band included saxophone soloists Herb Geller and Christoph Lauer as well as the great lead trumpet player Lennart Axelsson.
To listen to the broadcast https://www.ndr.de/info/epg/stationndrinfo102-radioplayer.html