Moses Boyd, 2017 MOBO jazz winner

Drummer, composer and producer Moses Boyd has won the Best Jazz Act award in this year's MOBO awards

The MOBO Award winners for Best R&B/Soul Act, Best Jazz Act and Best Gospel Act were announced at the third annual Pre-MOBO Awards Show in Boisdale, Canary Wharf. The dinner event, hosted by saxophonist YolanDa Brown and singer China Moses, featured performances that showcased a range of music of black origin – including jazz vocalist Zara McFarlane.

Moses Boyd (pictured right) was awarded Best Jazz Act (in association with Jazz FM). This is his second MOBO Award win. The first was in 2015 for the same category as part of drum-and-sax duo Binker & Moses. The award organisers said "Moses represents a new breed of innovative and talented jazz musicians that defy tradition. Moses has collaborated with the likes of Gilles Peterson, Little Simz, Sampha, Zara McFarlane, and many more. His breakout hit Rye Lane Shuffle combined elements from grime, jungle, bass and jazz into a beast of its own".

Other MOBO jazz nominees this year were Cleveland Watkins, Daymé Arocena, Mr Jukes and Terrace Martin. In 2016 the MOBO jazz winner was Esperanza Spalding and the nominees Bill Laurance, Cory Henry, Jacob Collier and Michael Janisch. In 2015 the winner was Binker & Moses, the nominees Courtney Pine, David Lyttle, Polar Bear and Julia Biel.

Bruce Lindsay

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