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Jazz at the Spotted Dog
104 Warwick Street, B12 0NH Birmingham, United Kingdom
Tom Syson is a trumpeter and creative musician based in the UK. He is, 'one of the most interesting voices in the emerging generation of improvisers' and is 'happy to take risks'. He has played with musicians such as Jacqui Dankworth, Alex Garnett and Arnie Somogyi, and has played at venues/events such as Ronnie Scotts, Cheltenham Jazz Festival, The Barbican and The Royal Albert Hall. Tom currently plays lead trumpet in The Birmingham Jazz Orchestra and holds a chair in the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, as well as having played with other ensembles including the Syd Lawrence Orchestra.
Tom Syson was born in Leicestershire before moving to Bedfordshire at the age of 5. He soon became interested in music but refused to learn anything other than the trumpet, a wish he was granted at the age of 8. After being taught by local trumpet teacher Mike Lock for a few years, at the age of 13 he started having lessons with locally based American trumpeter Brant Tilds. He introduced Tom to jazz and the theory behind it, and Tom soon realised that this is something he wanted to pursue. At the age of 16, Tom starting to regularly attend the National Youth Jazz Orchestra's second band, before progressing into the first band's rehearsals, where he furthered his love for jazz music.
In September 2011, Tom moved to Birmingham to attend The Birmingham Conservatoire after being granted a place on their prestigous jazz course led by Jeremy Price. He was lucky enough to be regularly taught by musicians such as Percy Pursglove, Richard Illes, Hans Kollar and Andrew Bain, as well as visting tutors such as Dave Holland, Jeff Ballard, Mark Turner, Mike Lovatt and John Taylor. In his 3rd year, he acquired the lead trumpet chair in the Birmingham Conservatoire Jazz Orchestra, something he held until he graduated.
After graduating from his BMus degree in Jazz from Birmingham Conservatoire with First Class Honours in 2015, and moving back to Bedfordshire, he has gone on to further his carear. He currently plays lead trumpet in The Birmingham Jazz Orchestra and holds a chair in the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, as well as having played with other ensembles including the Syd Lawrence Orchestra. He has also completed two UK tours, one with his duo with award winning Berlin based British pianist Mark Pringle in Feb 2017, and one with his sextet in 2016. The Tom Syson Sextet recorded their debut album ‘Green’ at Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios in August. The album was produced by Percy Pursglove and featured the JazzFm Vocalist of the Year 2016 Lauren Kinsella on a track. It is entirely made up from original material written by Tom, and creates a variety of exciting textures to keep audiences on their toes, with a focus on rich melodies.
The sextet is as follows:
Tom Syson — Trumpet
Vittorio Mura — Tenor Saxophone
Ben Lee — Electric Guitar
David Ferris — Piano
Pete Hutchison — Double Bass
Jonathan Silk — Drums
As ever, your suggested £5 donation at the interval keeps jazz happening, there are some criminal drinks deals at the bar, and a jam session after the gig hosted by the wonderful Josh Schofield!