Binker & Moses are the London pioneers who explore the frontiers of jazz

Golding and his crew followed him. “He dragged us through all these old Soviet-style towers for miles and miles and finally he brought us to this club in the basement,” he explains. “We go down the stairs and people shout insults at us.” He pauses to clarify a key detail. “At this point, I must inform you that all members of this party are brown-skinned people.” He continues: “We’re in this club, and we look around, and it’s like this guy has a t-shirt with a swastika on it, and this guy has a Berlin eagle tattoo and all the everyone was a skinhead… Oh shit, it’s a Nazi club.

After a hasty exit, Golding and his friends escaped unscathed, and the saxophonist returned to England without further incident. Boyd, meanwhile, remained safely in Catford the entire time. It’s the kind of experience the pair probably wouldn’t go through now. Not only are they older and wiser – Boyd is 30 and Golding is 36 – but since then London’s new generation of jazz musicians have become highly regarded around the world and far less likely to be misled. .

“I remember doing concerts at [Soho pub] The Spice of Life for £40 on a Sunday to a handful of people. Not a single black person, no one under 40,” Boyd recalls as he reflects on how the capital’s jazz scene has developed since he first met Golding. “Compared to now, where I was invited with Steam Down last week to a room full of people of all ages, genders, ethnicities… There is an economy now.” While jazz revivals have come and gone in the past, what’s different this time around is the level of infrastructure supporting the scene. “I think of so many people who have jobs because of this community,” Boyd continues. “Whether they are DJs, promoters or [run a] festival built on his back. It didn’t exist before. »

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