The winner of the Worshipful Company of Musicians 2014 Young Jazz Musician Award is drummer and Trinity Laban alumnus Moses Boyd, after a sold out performance at London's Pizza Express Dean Street jazz club. The listening audience voted Moses as the most outstanding performer and "team player" on the stand.
The award is given to an exceptionally talented young British jazz musician, chosen by audience vote after the show. Moses receives a medal, a cash prize and the opportunity to perform with his band as part of the Company’s jazz programme at a gig during the summer.
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.”
Reviewer Sebastian Scotney said: “Drummer Moses Boyd was a deserved winner, playing alertly, responsively, and according to one of his fellow band-members/contestants, was “…the most unselfish person on stage all evening.” He even took some persuading to go onto the stage once he’d won.”
“The Young Musician Award is a gig like no other, combining an activity demanding the ultimate in teamwork and mutual respect, with preening for attention, and an element of the gladiatorial contest. It also requires the players to breathe their own new life into the standards repertoire. But, somehow, it always works, and has produced another deserving winner this year.”
The six finalists, which also included another Trinity Laban alumnus, Phil Meadows, will play in the London Jazz Festival in November.