Mike Osborne

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Mike Osborne
Birth name Mike Osborne
Born (1941-09-28)28 September 1941
Origin Hereford, England
Died 19 September 2007(2007-09-19) (aged 65)
Genres Jazz
Instruments alto saxophone, piano, clarinet, flute
Labels Ogun Records
Cadillac Records
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, perhaps most noteworthy for his contributions as a member to the Chris McGregor band Brotherhood of Breath in the 1960s and 1970s.

He was born in Hereford and attended Wycliffe College in Gloucestershire and the Guildhall School of Music.

From 1962-1972, 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 and John Surman.

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 much of Europe.

Illness prevented him working from 1982. He died of lung cancer on 19 September 2007.[1][2]

Select discography[edit]

  • Mike Osborne Quintet: Outback (Turtle Records)
  • Mike Osborne Trio: Border Crossing (Ogun Records)
  • Mike Osborne Trio: All Night Long (Live at Willisau) (Ogun Records)
  • Mike Osborne & Stan Tracey: Original (Cadillac Records)
  • Mike Osborne/Stan Tracey Duo (Cadillac Records)
  • Tandem: Mike Osborne/Stan Tracey Live at the Bracknell Festival (Ogun Records)
  • Mike Osborne Quintet: Marcel's Muse (Ogun Records)
  • Shapes (Future Music Records)

With Brotherhood of Breath

With Barry Guy/The London Jazz Composers' Orchestra

  • Ode (Incus, 1972)

With John Surman

With Mike Westbrook

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

With Michael Gibbs

With Mike Cooper

With Alan Skidmore

With Kenny Wheeler

With Harry Miller's Isipingo

With Norma Winstone

  • Edge Of Time (Algo Records)

Select bibliography[edit]


  1. ^ Richard Williams "Saxophonist at the heart of the resurgence of British jazz", The Guardian, 21 September 2007, page 41
  2. ^ Steve Voce "Mike Osborne: Gifted jazz saxophonist", The Independent, 25 September 2007

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