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Published on May 1, 2012
The Mike Westbrook Big Band offered a FUNTASTIC weekend of Duke Ellington inspired music, various big band classics and Westbrook originals - i.e. a complete rendition of 'On Duke's Birthday', an absolute masterpiece - in the Devon countryside on April 28-29, 2012. Among the first evening's highlights was 'Manje', by Chris McGregor, arranged by Mike Westbrook for The Dedication Orchestra in the early 90s. Soloists: Dave Holdsworth (trumpet), Lou Gare (tenor saxophone).
The Mike Westbrook Big Band Hannahs at Seale-Hayne, Newton Abbot April 28, 2012
saxophones: Stan Willis, Roz Harding, Gary Bayley, Lou Gare, Sarah Dean, Ian Wellens trumpets: Mike Brewer, Andy Stark, Dave Holdsworth, Sam Massey trombones: Sam Smith, Bob Cronin, Dave Hankin, Stewart Stunnell piano, keyboard: Lewis Riley bass: Marcus Vergette drums: Coach York vocals: Kate Westbrook piano, M.D.: Mike Westbrook