Needing little to no introduction, Moses Boyd joins us as our Saturday night headliner. A double MOBO and Jazz FM Award winner, Moses’s live and studio collaborations have been as varied as they have been prolific, from touring with Sampha and Kelsey Lu, to drumming on Sons of Kemet’s Mercury-nominated album, to his recent collaboration with South African Gqom king DJ Lag, which made its way onto Beyonce’s official soundtrack for The Lion King. He produced Zara McFarlane ‘s 2017 full-length, Arise, in its entirety, for Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood label, and released several acclaimed solo projects though his Exodus record label. Moses has produced original scores for major Paris fashion shows, and with saxophonist Binker Golding, he’s co-leader and co-producer of the ferocious semi-free group Binker and Moses.
His Mercury award-winning album of the year Dark Matter is ‘dancefloor-friendly kaleidoscopic jazz’.
A Tomorrow’s Warriors alumni, “a peer-to-peer youth initiative that brings people together through jazz”, at the age of 16, Moses was introduced to British jazz icon Gary Crosby OBE and his band Crosby would text him and say, ‘I’ve got a gig tomorrow, do you want to come and play? Bring your friends’ – and they’d hone their skills alongside each other, and jazz legends three times their age. Coming up through the thriving new London jazz scene, and its vibrant underground live circuit, was an experience that was “collaborative by nature,” he says. “You can’t really do it on your own, so it becomes a real community – it’s in the DNA of the music”.