Mike Westbrook 22-piece Uncommon Orchestra Sunday 25 August 4pm
Torquay Town Hall, Castle Circus, Torquay
The Big Band Is Back
In the post-war Jazz boom of the late I94Os and through the 50s Torquay Town Hall hosted many of the touring bands of the day, including those of Johnny Dankworth and Ronnie Scott, and the great Stan Kenton. Summer residences by Ted Heath, Jack Parnell and Geraldo at the Spa Ballroom by the harbour, highlighted Torquay’s reputation as a Mecca for big bands. It was here that Mike Westbrook had his first experience of live jazz. Mike went on to an international career as composer and bandleader.
Now he returns the scene of his first inspiration with his current ensemble, The Uncommon Orchestra, brimming with talent and fresh from a triumphant sold-out appearance at Ronnie Scott’s club, with a programme that combines Westbrook originals with classics by Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Lionel Hampton and many more. Not used as a music venue for many years, this historic venue will once again reverberate to the magical sound of the big band.
THE UNCOMMON ORCHESTRA
Pete Whyman. Roz Harding, Sarah Dean, Alan Wakeman, Ian Wellens – saxophones
Robin Pengilley, Sam Massey, Andy Hague, Tim Rabbitt – trumpets
Dave Holdsworth – trumpet/sousaphone
Joe Carnell, Sam Chamberlain-Keen, Stewart Stunell, Ashley Nayler – trombones Matthew Bourne – keyboards
Jesse Molins, Matthew North – guitars
Marcus Vergette – bass
Coach York – drums
Kate Westbrook, Martine Waltier – vocals
Mike Westbrook – M.D.