Ronnie Scott’s presents a triple-bill of Afrobeat, spiritual, improv jazz, 2-step and broken beat from three of London’s most buzzing and talked about groups. Expect astral jazz driven by West African rhythms from Maisha, improv jazz from Binker Golding Quartet and everything from 2-step, broken-beat and house to jazz and dub from continuum-influenced IDIOM. The roll call of musicians on this triple bill is enough to make anyone blush, as collectively they feature many of the finest young trailblazers making waves on today’s jazz scene.
Integral to the burgeoning South London jazz scene, Joe Armon-Jones and Maxwell Owin collectively contribute to numerous outfits including Ata Kak, Jamie Isaac, MC Pinty, Moses Boyd Exodus and Ezra Collective, as well as pushing their own solo projects. ‘Idiom’ is the result of multiple collaborations under the direction of these two talented musicians and they have just released their eponymous debut album on YAM Records. Featuring Nubya Garcia, Oscar Jerome and Jake Long, it is heavily influenced by the hardcore continuum and covers everything from 2-step, broken-beat and house to jazz and dub. An accomplished body of work by some of the most exciting young talent in London, Stamp The Wax described the new album as “a promising beginning to Joe and Max’s collaborative work, a true testament to the breadth of talent that is constantly emerging from South London” and with comparisons being made to artists such as 4hero, Floating Points, Harvey Sutherland and Moodymannall, it’s little wonder that they have attracted attention from tastemakers such as Radio 6 Music’s Gilles Peterson and Jazz FM’s Chris Philips.
London based tenor saxophonist Binker Golding has so many strings to his bow that it’s difficult to know where to begin. For starters, he’s one half of the group “Binker & Moses”, whose debut album “Dem Ones” won the duo a MOBO award, two Jazz FM awards and a Parliamentary Jazz award. He’s also a regular on the Tomorrow’s Warriors’ South Bank Centre jazz education programme and leads Tomorrow’s Warriors’ Youth Orchestra and youth ensemble. He plays in Zara McFarlane’s band, which is where he met Moses Boyd and where Binker & Moses was born, and he also works with the 2016 Mercury Prize-winning grime artist Kano, as well as the Nu Civilisation Orchestra. His current projects include the second Binker & Moses album as well as an album with his own quartet, and it is this quartet that he brings to the Jazz Café for this show. In true Binker style, expect some serious improv, with more than a few nods to “Trane” plus some surprises along the way.
Maisha fuse a range of diverse influence to create a unique energetic show that has been lighting up parties and jazz clubs all over London the past year. Channeling the lineage of spiritual jazz, taking inspiration from Pharoah Sanders, Alice Coltrane and Idris Mohammad, the band fuse their jazz influences with West African and Afro-beat rhythms, courtesy of bandleader Jake Long (2016 Yamaha Jazz Scholar) and percussionist Tim Doyle. Twm Dylan keeps the groove alive on double bass with Shirley Tetteh on rhythm and lead guitar, Amané Suganami on keys and the irrepressible force that is Nubya Garcia on sax. The band are currently recording their debut album with notable labels already interested and support from key players such as Worldwide FM. They have become leaders on the live circuit making their energetic spiritual live shows something not to be missed.