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01 October 2021
At The Copa
No. 56
Remembering John and Margery Styles, founder members of Smith’s Academy.
Hotel Amigo is a hotel where once the Brass Band stopped for an overnight en route from Gothenberg to Stockholm. Just off the motorway, but in the middle of nowhere it was surprisingly crowded. Evidently it was the one place in the region where the population from miles around would gather on a Saturday night. The atmosphere was wild and raucous, more like one of the more riotous Wild West saloon bars than cool Scandinavia.
In the mayhem of the ballroom Los Amigos were pumping out the pop hits of the day. Kate and I speculated about the lives of the musicians. We pictured them in the band room in the intermission, shedding their Brazilian clobber, dreaming a bit, perhaps playing their own music, improvising. The fantasy of the backstage world contrasted with the commercial reality of the ballroom.
This was the simple theme of the show that we wrote, -musicians playing freely in the dressing room, then donning their show-biz gear to confront the public, with the likes of Copacabana (ironically one of the Devil’s better tunes). With the Amigos at their Latin best, their two worlds collide when the legendary tenor saxophone star ‘El Gato’ sits in, uninvited, and steals the show.
Every song in this round up of the Moving Picture Show, a fairly random selection, tells its own story. There are musical and geographical travels, stories of the lives of musicians, and of bands of every shape and size. And of an endless variety of hotels, one of the more memorable being Hotel Amigo.
We hope you have enjoyed the Moving Picture Show over the past months and that this selection (necessarily incomplete) includes some of your favourites.
Mike Westbrook
Los Amigos
'El Gato with Los Amigos
The WestbrookJazz Moving Picture Show No 75
THE LAST PICTURE SHOW OF SUMMER
programme:
WESTBROOK BLAKE
Toynbee Hall London December 2008
THE FIELDS
I SEE THY FORM
A POISON TREE
words by William Blake arranged by Adrian Mitchell
music by Mike Westbrook
Phil Minton Kate Westbrook Karen Street
Billy Thompson Steve Berry Mike Westbrook
London College of Music Chamber Choir
directed by Paul Ayres

from the album Glad Day Live
recorded and filmed by Jon Hiseman and Mike Dibb
BEBOP RE-LOADED aka BEBOP DE RIGUEUR
Teatro Golden Palermo November Palermo
November 2018
music by Mike Westbrook from Citadel/Room 315
soloist Roz Harding
THE UNCOMMON ORCHESTRA
Roz Harding  Pete Whyman  Sarah Dean  Alan Wakeman  Ian Wellens
Graham Russell  Stuart Brooks  Dick Pearce
Dave Holdsworth
Joe Carnell  Sam Chamberlain-Keen  Stewart Stunell  Ashley Nayler
Billie Bottle  Jesse Molins   Matthew North   Marcus Vergette
Coach York   Mike Westbrook

filmed and recorded by Matthew North
THE STREAMS OF LOVELY LUCIENNE
from Earth Felt The Wound
Halle Germany April 2019
words by Kate Westbrook
music by Mike Westbrook
THE GRANITE BAND
Kate Westbrook Roz Harding Billie Bottle
Jesse Molins Matthew North Mike Westbrook
Coach York
sound recording by Jay Auborn

filmed by Matthew North
STORM PETREL
from the album Earth Felt The Wound 2020
words by Kate Westbrook
music by Mike Westbrook
THE GRANITE BAND
album produced by Jay Auborn
artwork by Kate Westbrook

film produced by Westbrook/Topley
ONCE UPON A TIME
Rossini Festival, Teatro Rossini, Pesaro 2018
music Gioachino Rossini ‘La Cenerentola’
words Jacopo Ferretti
Kate Westbrook voice
Billie Bottle piano

filmed and recorded by Matthew North
TURNER IN URI J M W TURNER’S TRAVELS IN THE ALPS
Tellspielhaus Altdorf Switzerland July 2003
NAPLES YELLOW
song by Kate and Mike Westbrook
Kate Westbrook “Reuss”
Claudio Danuser “J.M.W.Turner”
Chris Biscoe soloist
Barbara Thompson Tim Harries
Jon Hiseman Mike Westbrook
Brass Band Uri directed by Hans Burkhalter
choir Schola Uriensis directed by Renaldo Battaglia

filmed and recorded by Swiss TV
sound mixed by Jon Hiseman
COPACABANA
from Hotel Amigo
TV South West 1983
music/lyrics by Barry Manilow, Jack Felder, Bruce Sussman
arranged by Mike Westbrook
Los Amigos
Pépé trumpet
Juanita horn
Rudi tuba
El Burro alto sax
Toni drums
with guest
El Gato tenor sax
Hotel Manager Paul Copley

filmed and recorded by TV South West 1983
directed by Derek Fairhead
SOUND OF CARESS
19 rue Paul Fort Paris 2016
song from Paintbox Jane
by Kate and Mike Westbrook
from the album PARIS
Mike Westbrook piano
filmed and recorded by Jon Hiseman
PROPOSITIONS
Barnfield Theatre Exeter 2015
from A Bigger Show
by Mike and Kate Westbrook
soloist Alan Wakeman
THE UNCOMMON ORCHESTRA
Roz Harding   Sarah Dean   Gary Bayley   Alan Wakeman   Ian Wellens
Mike Brewer   Sam Massey   Dave Holdsworth
Joe Carnell   Andy Dore   Stewart Stunell   Ken Cassidy
Billie Bottle   Jesse Molins   Matthew North   Marcus Vergette
Coach York   Theo Goss    Mike Westbrook
sound recording by Jon Hiseman
filmed by Stan Willis
LUSH LIFE
Stadtgarten, Köln 1995
music and lyrics by Billy Strayhorn
Westbrook Trio
Kate Westbrook
Chris Biscoe
Mike Westbrook

TV film and recording by WDR
ITALIAN GRAFFITTI
Teatro Golden, Palermo 2018
music Mike Westbrook ‘Citadel/Room 315
soloists Dick Pearce, Pete Whyman
THE UNCOMMON ORCHESTRA
Roz Harding   Pete Whyman   Sarah Dean   Alan Wakeman   Ian Wellens
Graham Russell  Stuart Brooks  Dick Pearce  Dave Holdsworth
Joe Carnell  Sam Chamberlain-Keen  Stewart Stunell  Ashley Nayler
Billie Bottle  Jesse Molins  Matthew North  Marcus Vergette
Coach York  Mike Westbrook

filmed and recorded by Matthew North
OFF ABBEY ROAD
JazzFestival Leverkusen 1991
Mean Mr Mustard
Polythene Pam
She came in through the Bathroom Window
Golden Slumbers
Carry That Weight
The End

Mike Westbrook Band
Phil Minton
Kate Westbrook
Brian Godding
Mike Westbrook
Andy Grappy
Pete Fairclough
Pete Whyman
Alan Wakeman

TV film and recording by WDR
SEPENT MAIGRE
London 1989
Westbrook Brass Band
Phil Minton
Kate Westbrook
Chris Biscoe
Alan Wakeman
‘Butch’ Potter
Mike Westbrook
Dave Barry

filmed and recorded by ThamesTV
series created, visualised and produced by
Mike Westbrook Kate Westbrook Chris Topley

All 75 Moving Picture Shows may be viewed in full
here
GREAT NOISES THAT FILL THE AIR
music, poetry and performance on film
a BFI release on double DVD

"In the later decades of the 20th century, independent film makers pushed at the creative boundaries of documentary work thanks to Arts Council funding, generating an eruption of diverse, dynamic, cutting edge films that still stimulate the intellect and inflame the senses.

From the streets of Brixton and Manchester to leafy suburbs, junk yards, punk venues and community centres, this curated selection celebrates and showcases an eclectic trove of music, poetry and spoken word performance in a collection of film and video works made between 1978 and 1996, and rarely seen since.” (BFI sleeve note)

This collection of thirteen films includes Charles Mapleston’s 1978 documentary Music In Progress: Mike Westbrook - Jazz Composer,  featuring the Mike Westbrook Brass Band: Phil Minton, Kate Westbrook, Paul Rutherford, Dave Chambers and Trevor Tomkins.

Full information and purchase details

"The most charming discovery here is Charles Mapleston’s 1978 film about Mike Westbrook, following his eccentric big band as they bring their curious jazz compendium of William Blake, Bertolt Brecht and Billie Holiday to shopping centres and concert halls across Europe. Like Robert Wyatt or John Peel, Westbrook and his band feel like one of those uncanny confluences of postwar English culture, bringing together pop, prog, avant-garde, folk and jazz in way that feels uniquely, beautifully of its time and place."
10 October 2021
Great Noises That Fill The Air
No. 57
Stephen Troussé UNCUT magazine
Mike Westbrook Brass band
Mike Westbrook Brass Band

19 October 2021
Mike Westbrook on the Air
No. 58
JAZZ SOUTH INTERVIEW WITH MIKE WESTBROOK
Jamie Harber from Jazz South catches up with legendary jazz pianist, composer and band leader, Mike Westbrook OBE, for an extended interview in celebration of his 85th birthday.
Mike also curated a special Duke Ellington playlist for Jazz South. The playlist is linked in the interview where you can find out about the tracks and why Mike has chosen them.

Catching up with Mike Westbrook
https://jazzsouth.org.uk/?p=3739
Mike Westbrook ON J TO Z  AT BBC RADIO THREE (LISTEN AGAIN)
Mike Westbrook plays favourite tracks on the Saturday October 9th edition of BBC Radio 3’s Jazz programme, J to Z. Mike talks to producer Thomas Rees and introduces music by Ellington, Mingus, Stravinsky and Getz.
Was broadcast on Saturday October 9th at 5pm on BBC Radio 3
thereafter available on Listen Again at the BBC website.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m0010f45
Mike's contribution starts at around 57.16

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Kate & Mike Westbrook
Kate and Mike Westbrook