London duo Binker and Moses kick off new look Margate Jazz Festival

Binker and Moses kick off the Margate Jazz Festival

The Margate Jazz Festival is changing from its annual weekend celebration and instead holding a series of events at different venues.

The aim is to build up a wider audience by hosting new talent as well as established musicians.

Kicking the events off will be a gig at Olby’s Soul Café by Binker and Moses on September 23.

The London duo are among the frontrunners of a group of jazz musicians influenced by the music that surrounds them, including grime, hip-hop and electronica. Like their US counterparts, they’re connecting with a new, younger audience.

Born either side of the Thames – Binker Golding north in Edmonton, Moses Boyd south in Catford – the pair met eight years ago and toured extensively as members of Zara McFarlane’s band, recording three albums for Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood Recordings.

It was during the onstage sound checks with McFarlane that Binker and Moses started developing their duo improvisations, eventually bringing the idea of recording them to the attention of Gearbox Records, the vinyl-led record label and vinyl mastering studio.

Their debut album, Dem Ones, kickstarted a sensational period for the duo, earning them a string of awards including Best Jazz Act at the 2015 MOBO Awards and two wins at the Jazz FM Awards 2016: UK Jazz Act of the Year and Breakthrough Act of the Year. They were also voted Jazz Newcomer of the Year at the 2016 Parliamentary Jazz Awards.

Their new album released in June 2017, Journey to the Mountain of Forever, is a two-record set: the first disc features the duo on their own, while on the second they are joined by the great UK free jazz saxophonist Evan Parker, trumpeter Byron Wallen, harpist Tori Handsley, tabla player Sarathy Korwar and drummer Yussef Dayes.

The duo will perform at Olby’s, in King Street, Margate, from 7pm

Tickets cost £15.

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