One of the genuine stars of London’s 21st century jazz scene, drummer Moses Boyd quickly established himself in the mid-2010s as a bandleader, composer, and collaborator whose affinity for other genres like grime and electronica helped distinguish his original approach.

Born in South London, Boyd began playing drums at the age of 13, taking as much inspiration from jazz greats like Miles Davis as from the grime albums of Dizzee Rascal. After initial instruction from jazz drummer Bobby Dodsworth, Boyd became a part of the jazz education program Tomorrow’s Warriors while studying at Trinity Laban College.

He formed the duo Binker & Moses with tenor saxophonist Binker Golding and their 2015 debut, “Dem Ones”, earned an award for Best Jazz Act at the urban MOBO Awards. That same year, Boyd issued his first release as bandleader of the Exodus, the “Footsteps of Our Fathers” EP, a tribute to his jazz influences. As half of the sax-and-drums duo Binker & Moses and leader of his Exodus band, Boyd’s performances and acclaimed releases like 2015’s “Dem Ones” (Binker & Moses) and 2016’s Time and Space EP (Moses Boyd Exodus) helped set the table for his ambitious 2018 full-length, “Displaced Diaspora”.

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