Mike Westbrook 75th Birthday Concert
Jez Nelson presents the 75th birthday concert for distinguished British bandleader and composer Mike Westbrook, featuring the world premiere of his new work The Serpent Hit.
Jez Nelson presents the 75th birthday concert of distinguished British bandleader and composer Mike Westbrook. Since the early 1960s, Westbrook has been prolific as a bandleader, jazz pianist and composer whose music is characteristically bold and presented in unusual formats. He has been commissioned by numerous international big bands and with his wife, the singer/librettist Kate Westbrook, has written a number of cabaret and music-theatre pieces, alongside music for classical ensembles and smaller jazz groups.
This concert features various line-ups drawn from a group of players associated with Westbrook over the years, including Chris Biscoe, Steve Berry and Kate Westbrook. It features the premiere of a new work, The Serpent Hit for voice and saxophone quartet.
Presenter: Jez Nelson
Producer: Russell Finch.