Byron Wallen

UK. Trumpet

One of the most dynamic jazz voices on the British scene, Byron has had a prolific musical career. Widely recognised as a seminal figure in world jazz, he won the BBC prize for Innovation in Jazz in 2003 for his Indigo album. He has performed with rap outfits such as The Roots, Digable Planets and Us3, worked with African pioneers Hugh Masekela, Manu Dibango and Ammampondo; Lonnie Liston Smith, Ronnie Laws, Chaka Khan, David Murray, Butch Morris, Wynton Marsalis, Freddie Hubbard and many more. He has recorded with George Benson, Jean Toussaint, Courtney Pine and Brice Wassy and has collaborated with Talvin Singh on his Mercury prize award-winning album “OK”; with Craig David on the title track “Slicker Than Your Average”; and the BBC with Mica Paris, Caron Wheeler, Shola Ama, Roland Gift, Desmond Decker, Janet Kay and Grace Jones. He has also appeared in Paramount’s “The Talented Mr Ripley” Stephen Fry’s film “Fine Young Things” and “The Cole Porter Story”. Byron has been with Grand Union since 1993.

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Huge success of Song of Contagion!

Fantastic audience responses to the recent shows Wilton's Music Hall

New BBC interview

Director Tony Haynes talks to Jimoke Fashola about this week's premiere of Song of Contagion. Skip to 02.52.04 to listen.

Song of Contagion promo video released

Featuring a taste of the music you will hear in our spectacular new show and interviews from the musicians involved

Booking opens for Song of Contagion!

Wilton's Music Hall, June 13th to 17th: tickets now on sale for our spectacular new show

Dates announced for 2017 Summer School

Our fourth annual Summer School runs from July 31st to August 3rd, Goldsmiths College, South London.

Exciting plans unveiled for 2017!

GUO's programme for the new year includes a brand new show at Wilton's Music Hall and a return to Portugal.

Remembering Cable Street

Video of The Beast is Back by Tony Haynes, recorded at the GUO commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Cable Street in October

High praise for GUO music education project

Read about Music Untamed at the Fairfield Halls, Croydon, supported by the Mayor's Music Fund

Band Off The Wall

Inspired by the Peace Mural at Dalston Junction, Grand Union has launched a new street band for Hackney

GUO tracks are now available online...

Grand Union CDs and individual numbers can now be streamed from Spotify or bought from iTunes

Full-length DVD of Undream'd Shores

A DVD of the acclaimed Hackney Empire production is now available from the GUO online shop.

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