Mike Osborne

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Mike Osborne
Birth name Michael Evans Osborne
Born (1941-09-28)28 September 1941
Hereford, England
Died 19 September 2007(2007-09-19) (aged 65)
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Saxophone, piano, clarinet
Labels Ogun, Cadillac
Associated acts Brotherhood of Breath, Mike Westbrook

Michael Evans Osborne (28 September 1941 – 19 September 2007) was an English jazz alto saxophonist, pianist, and clarinetist who was a member of the band Brotherhood of Breath in the 1960s and 1970s.


Mike Osborne was born in Hereford and attended Wycliffe College in Gloucestershire and the Guildhall School of Music.[1][2] From 1962 to 1972, Osborne belonged to the Mike Westbrook band. During this period the artist also did other work with musicians such as Michael Gibbs, Mike Cooper, Stan Tracey, Kenny Wheeler, Humphrey Lyttelton, Alan Skidmore, John Surman, Harry Miller, Alan Jackson (drums), John Mumford (trombone) and Lionel Grigson.[3] During 1974–75 Osborne was part of the saxophone trio S.O.S. with John Surman and Alan Skidmore. They recorded an LP plus BBC radio and television sessions and toured extensively in Europe.

Health issues hastened the end of his career in 1982, and he returned to Hereford, where he was living under care at the time of his death in 2007, aged 65.[1][2][4]

Select discography[edit]

  • Mike Osborne Quintet: Outback (Turtle); with Chris McGregor (piano), Harry Miller (bass), and Louis Moholo (drums)[5]
  • Mike Osborne Trio: Border Crossing (Ogun)
  • Mike Osborne Trio: All Night Long (Live at Willisau) (Ogun)
  • Mike Osborne & Stan Tracey: Original (Cadillac)
  • Mike Osborne Force of Nature (REEL)
  • Mike Osborne/Stan Tracey Duo (Cadillac)
  • Tandem: Mike Osborne/Stan Tracey Live at the Bracknell Festival (Ogun)
  • Mike Osborne Quintet: Marcel's Muse (Ogun)
  • Shapes (Future Music)

With Brotherhood of Breath

  • Bremen to Bridgwater (Cuneiform)
  • Eclipse at Dawn (Cuneiform)

With Barry Guy/London Jazz Composers' Orchestra

With John Surman

  • John Surman (Deram)
  • How Many Clouds Can You See? (Deram)

With Mike Westbrook

  • The Mike Westbrook Concert Band: Marching Song Vols. 1 & 2 (Deram)
  • The Mike Westbrook Concert Band: Release (Deram)

With Michael Gibbs

  • Michael Gibbs (Deram)

With Mike Cooper

  • Too Late Now (Dawn)
  • Your Lovely Ways (Dawn)
  • Life and Death in Paradise (Fresh Air)

With Alan Skidmore

  • Alan Skidmore Quintet: T.C.B. (Philips)

With Kenny Wheeler

With Harry Miller's Isipingo

  • Which Way Now: Live in Bremen 1975 (Cuneiform)
  • Family Affair (Ogun)

With Norma Winstone

  • Edge of Time (Algo)

Select bibliography[edit]


  1. ^ a b Steve Voce, "Mike Osborne" (obituary), The Independent, 24 September 2007.
  2. ^ a b Jason Ankeny, Mike Osborne biography at AllMusic.
  3. ^ Richard Wilcocks, "The Peanuts Club - a small part of the counter-culture", 4 August 2016.
  4. ^ Biography at AllAboutJazz.
  5. ^ Richard Williams, "Mike Osborne" (obituary), The Guardian, 21 September 2007.

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