Moses Boyd plays Winner’s Gig at Pizza Express


On Sunday 10 May jazz alumnus Moses Boyd performed at a Worshipful Company of Musicians ‘Winners Gig’ at the Pizza Express Jazz Club, Soho.

Moses won the Worshipful Company of Musicians' Young Jazz Musician Award in 2014, and this gig formed part of his prize. He performed with his band Exodus, playing his own compositions while paying tribute to the jazz pioneers Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Wayne Shorter and Thelonius Monk.

After the performance, Moses was presented with his Winner's Medal by Kathleen Duncan, Master of the Worshipful Company of Musicians.

Every year the Musicians’ Company books six young jazz musicians to play two sets of unrehearsed improvised jazz together, after which the audience votes for the winner. Previous winners include another Trinity Laban alumnus, Laura Jurd. When he won, Moses said: "It was already a privilege to be nominated for such a prestigious award, but to be named winner was something I could never have imagined when I first got into this music. It means the world to me that through this award I am able to make those who helped me along the way within the London jazz community and my tutors at Trinity Laban proud.”

Trinity Laban’s world-leading Jazz Department provides an education grounded in the jazz tradition whilst at the same time looking forwards with curiosity. Led by the internationally respected educator and jazz musician Simon Purcell, the department is a vibrant community of teachers of international repute and talented students, intent upon developing their music with skill and individuality.