Orchestre National de Jazz, UK Jazz Orchestra
Jez Nelson presents France's Orchestre National De Jazz in collaboration with drummer and composer John Hollenbeck of the Claudia Quartet. Under the leadership of its conductor Daniel Yvinec, the ONJ have made a name for themselves for their forward looking and innovative approach to the big band format. Following their acclaimed collaboration with UK songwriter Robert Wyatt, their latest project brings them together with The Claudia Quintet's John Hollenbeck, one of the most influential composers currently working in jazz. With the title Shut Up And Dance, the concert takes as its theme the way music and movement combine, "via pygmy music, Gnawa trance and Duke Ellington swing". Recorded at London Jazz Festival 2010. Also in the programme Jez Nelson takes a look at the debate on whether the UK should have its own national jazz orchestra.
Presenter: Jez Nelson
Producer: Joby Waldman.