Breakthrough Act of the Year

 

Binker and Moses are tenor saxophonist Binker Golding and drummer Moses Boyd - two of the most exciting young jazz musicians on the thriving London jazz scene. Originally meeting through double bassist/educator Gary Crosby’s ‘Tomorrow’s Warriors’ jazz development programme, they have played together in various large and small format groups including recording and touring extensively as members of Zara McFarlane’s band.

Their debut album ‘Dem Ones’ has its roots in experiments between soundchecks and gigs while on the road with McFarlane. These initial ideas and jams have become templates for improvisation and with their echoes of late period Coltrane and Charles Lloyd, are as listenable and memorable as they are full of invention, passion and surprise. This album has certainly set them in place to be one of the most exciting new pairings of the year and has led to them being aptly rewarded with ‘Best Jazz Act’ at the MOBO Awards in October of 2015.

 

 

Jacob Collier is recognized as one of the world’s most distinctive, inventive and prodigious young musicians. Based in London, UK, Jacob has been inspired by many sounds – his music combines elements of jazz, a cappella, groove, folk, gospel and soul which all blend together to create the world of "Jacob Collier."

Jacob has spent the last six months collaborating with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston, designing and building a ground-breaking solo live performance vehicle, which brings his one-man, multi-instrumental, multi-visual format of music to the stage through the use of technologies never seen or heard before in performance. Jacob recently debuted this show at the Montreux Jazz Festival, opening for Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea.

His new album titled ‘In My Room’, out on July 1st, recorded from the comforts of his room at home, takes full advantage of technology, allowing Jacob to create seemingly endless layers of harmonies with no one other than himself for company.

 

 

Nérija (pronounced ‘Ne-ree-ya’) began from a ‘Tomorrow’s Warriors’ initiative seeking to encourage young women to play jazz. Now they are a collective of accomplished musicians playing their original compositions and arrangements. Their unusual line-up of four horns and guitar is what gives them their distinctive, fresh and current sound.

Nérija have toured Europe, recently performing at London’s Ronnie Scott’s and ‘Jazz in the Round’. They have also played alongside top UK jazz musicians such as Nathaniel Facey of Empirical and Zoe Rahman. In 2015, Nérija played at Love Supreme, Latitude and Brainchild Festival, and were featured on the influential radio programme, BBC Introducing.

With influences from jazz, hip hop, afro beat and township music, these Tomorrow’s Warriors alumnae are blazing a trail for women in jazz, lighting up festival stages and jazz venues across the country and are in the process of recording their debut EP.