Chinatown, My Chinatown


This piece is a commission by Drake Music as part of the Connect and Collaborate London programme. It is a contemporary a re-working of an old jazz standard by a group of experienced disabled musicians, recorded over 3 sessions using a mix of live group recording/improvising and also track by track recording. It is played on iPhone, iPads and switch for synth Vox. The iPad and iPhone apps include GarageBand, Thumbjam and Sunrizer, among others.

Chinatown, My Chinatown is an old 1906 song by William Jerome and Jean Schwartz, reinterpreted by John Kelly, Mik Scarlet and Matthew Woodcock. Some of the lyrics were rewritten by John Kelly inspired by his experiences of London’s Chinatown. A project initiated, arranged, recorded and mixed by DM Associate Musician Gary Day.