Breaking down barriers for an intimate jazz Q&A evening

Tom Syson
Tom Syson

Conscia Jazz returns to Bedford for an evening of food, wine and jazz.

Trumpeter Tom Syson and Mark Pringle, an award-winning pianist, will sit down for a Q&A session and perform at the Bedford Pavilion on Thursday, September 24.

The regular Jazz In The Park event, which takes place on the last Thursday of each month, focuses on breaking down the barriers between the audience and the performers.

Tom, who is the founder of Conscia Jazz, works on sustaining and building on the art form in the Bedfordshire region. He has played at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival and Royal Albert Hall.

Jazz singer Jacqui Dankworth, saxophonist Osian Roberts and pianist Charlie Wood are just some of the people Syson has worked with.

Pringle, winner of the Peter Whittingham Award, is set to tour the UK this autumn with a dynamic twelve-piece band in support of new album ‘A Moveable Feast’.

Based in Birmingham, Pringle will also spend the autumn studying on the European Jazz Masters programme.

Both Syson and Pringle are graduates of The Birmingham Conservatoire.

Their newest project, which was debuted earlier in the year, makes the sub-genre more accessible for newcomers.

Following the Q&A session, they will play their own renditions of the great Chet Baker’s reportoire, as well as their own melodies influenced by the jazz musician.

Alongside the music, food and drink will also be available from the Pavillion itself.

Event starts at 8pm. Tickets are £10 from conscia.org.