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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.

1 hour, 45 minutes

Music Played

  • Trish Clowes

    The Master and Margarita

    • Tangent.
    • Basho Records.
  • Mike Westbrook 75th Birthday Concert, recorded at Kings Place, London, on 3 April 2011

    • Mike Westbrook

      Through The Dark

      Line up: Mike Westbrook (piano)

    • Mike Westbrook (music), Kate Westbrook (lyrics)

      Yellow Dog

      Line up: Mike Westbrook (piano), Kate Westbrook (voice), Karen Street (accordion, saxophone), Chris Biscoe (saxophone), Chris Caldwell (saxophone), Andy Tweed (saxophone), Simon Pearson (percussion), Steve Berry (double bass)

    • Mike Westbrook (music), Kate Westbrook (lyrics)

      The Serpent Hit - Throw

      Line up: Kate Westbrook (voice), Karen Street (accordion, saxophone), Chris Biscoe (saxophone), Chris Caldwell (saxophone), Andy Tweed (saxophone), Simon Pearson (percussion)

    • Mike Westbrook (music), Kate Westbrook (lyrics)

      The Serpent Hit - Lob

      Line up: Kate Westbrook (voice), Karen Street (accordion, saxophone), Chris Biscoe (saxophone), Chris Caldwell (saxophone), Andy Tweed (saxophone), Simon Pearson (percussion)

    • Mike Westbrook (music), Kate Westbrook (lyrics)

      The Serpent Hit - Hurl

      Line up: Kate Westbrook (voice), Karen Street (accordion, saxophone), Chris Biscoe (saxophone), Chris Caldwell (saxophone), Andy Tweed (saxophone), Simon Pearson (percussion)

    • Mike Westbrook (music), Kate Westbrook (lyrics)

      The Serpent Hit - Pitch

      Line up: Kate Westbrook (voice), Karen Street (accordion, saxophone), Chris Biscoe (saxophone), Chris Caldwell (saxophone), Andy Tweed (saxophone), Simon Pearson (percussion)

    • Mike Westbrook (music), Kate Westbrook (lyrics)

      The Serpent Hit - Trigger

      Line up: Kate Westbrook (voice), Karen Street (accordion, saxophone), Chris Biscoe (saxophone), Chris Caldwell (saxophone), Andy Tweed (saxophone), Simon Pearson (percussion)

    • Mike Westbrook (music), Kate Westbrook (lyrics)

      The Serpent Hit - Coda

      Line up: Kate Westbrook (voice), Karen Street (accordion, saxophone), Chris Biscoe (saxophone), Chris Caldwell (saxophone), Andy Tweed (saxophone), Simon Pearson (percussion)

  • Remembering Billy Bang (1947-2011)

    • Untitled

      Billy Bang recorded live for Jazz on 3 at the Vision Festival in New York, on 16 June 2006

    • Compay Segundo

      Chan Chan

      Line up: Billy Bang (violin), Andrew Bemkey (piano), Todd Nicholson (bass), Newman Taylor Baker (drums), James Zollar (trumpet)

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