Grand Union Orchestra: Music and Movement
"We have Wynton Marsalis coming to the UK on a regular basis, and Wynton represents a kind of strange institutionalization of jazz. So, for example, in his hands the works of Jelly Roll Morton might be lovingly recreated and there seem to be this idea that jazz has a repertoire. I simply think that's wrong. The essential thing about jazz is that it constantly reinvents itselfit has to. It moves on. It also seems to me to take a narrow view that defines jazz as, 'This is the only jazz tradition. It was born in New Orleans.' I'm saying, 'Hang on a minute! I love all that and I respect all that but here in London things are different.' What we've done is to create something that allows that difference to be celebrated."
Jazz is, after all, a migrant itself.
Grand Union Orchestra, If Paradise (Redgold, 2011)
Grand Union Orchestra, Bhangra, Babylon & The Blues (Redgold, 2005)
Grand Union Band, Around The World In 80 Minutes (Redgold, 2002)
Grand Union Orchestra, Now Comes The Dragon's Hour (Redgold, 2002)
Grand Union Orchestra, The Rhythm Of The Tides (Redgold, 1997)
All Photos: Courtesy of Grand Union Orchestra