|Moses Boyd. Photo credit: Benjamin Amure|
Moses Boyd previews a Tony Williams tribute at Pizza Express Dean St. on the 2nd of June:
The gig I’ll playing on 2nd June will be a one-off: I play regularly in bands such as Jay Phelps’ quartet, Denys Baptiste’s Triumvirate, The Zara Mcfarlane Band and the Soweto Kinch Trio…, but I seldom lead my own ensemble.
This gig is a tribute to the great drummer Tony Williams. I first got to know Williams’ playing through listening to the Miles Davis Nefertiti album as well as various other classic Blue Note recordings. He’s a real hero of mine and I admire the way in which Tony was able to manipulate and apply the language of the many drums greats before him and create a unique voice within the music adding various conceptual and technical advances to the music and the drums.
The gig features a great band of musicians whom I often work with. We have Denys Baptiste on tenor sax, Jay Phelps on trumpet, Peter Edwards on piano and Max Luthert on bass. its going to be a really good night these guys are in demand so it’s not an easy band to get together – so it may not happen again for a long time.
It’s at the Pizza Express Jazz Club in Soho, and it is part of the “Thump Festival”, organised in partnership with Murat Diril Cymbals.