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Kate and Mike Westbrook's Picardie

One hundred years to the day since Britain declared war on Germany, Jazz on 3 reflects on the First World War with a broadcast of Kate and Mike Westbrook's Picardie, "a meditation on the horror of war, on the history of the region, on the devastation of the landscape, and its regeneration."

The piece, which features texts by British and French poets and combines British jazz musicians with a French chamber orchestra, was originally released on the 1988 album, London Bridge is Broken Down, and has never previously been broadcast in full.

Also on the programme, we mark the 50th anniversary of the start of the Vietnam War with a live recording from the archives - violinist Billy Bang and his quintet performing music inspired by his experiences as a Vietnam veteran.

Presenter: Jez Nelson
Producer: Chris Elcombe.

Release date:

1 hour, 30 minutes

Last on

Mon 4 Aug 2014 23:00

Alexandre Myrat, Mike Westbrook and Kate Westbrook

Alexandre Myrat, Mike Westbrook and Kate Westbrook
Picardie Line up: 

Kate Westbrook (voice, tenor horn); Mike Westbrook (piano); Chris Biscoe (reeds); Peter Whyman (reeds); Graham Russell (trumpet, flugelhorn); Paul Nieman (trombone and electronics); Brian Godding (guitar); Steve Cook (bass guitar); Tony Marsh (drums)

With Le Sinfonietta de Picardie led by Constantin Bobesco and conducted by Alexandre Myrat

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