Fresh and accomplished jazz talent to ease the week in

Sean Gibbs has twice been a finalist at the Scottish Young Jazz Musician of the Year contest
Sean Gibbs has twice been a finalist at the Scottish Young Jazz Musician of the Year contest

Two bright young jazz talents will perform at the Bedford Arms on Monday June 8.

Guitarist Ben Lee grew up in Devon by the River Exe. He first fell in love with the violin, then discovered the bass guitar through the music of Blink 182.

He said: “The bass led on to the guitar which has been my weapon of choice ever since.

“I’ve always liked rock and pop music and since primary school I’ve been running my own bands and exploring different kinds of music.”

Birmingham Conservatoire introduced him to the Birmingham jazz scene, with many opportunities to collaborate with talented colleagues and learn from tutors.

Sean Gibbs is a trumpet player and composer from Edinburgh. First developing a passion for jazz in his early teens, he grew up playing with ensembles such as the National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Scotland and the Tommy Smith Youth Jazz Orchestra. Sean moved to Birmingham aged 18 when he enrolled at Birmingham Conservatoire.

Now in his fourth and final year at the Conservatoire, Sean performs regularly as both a leader and a sideman at venues across the UK. His own quintet has been featured at the 2012 and 2013 Edinburgh Jazz Festival. Sean was also a finalist in the 2013 and 2014 Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year competitions. This gave him the opportunity to play live on BBC Radio Scotland. As a composer/arranger, Sean has written numerous works for jazz orchestra, nonet and his own quintet. Sean recently recorded his debut big band album with the newly formed Birmingham Jazz Orchestra.

Music starts at 8pm. Entry is free entry with a financial contribution invited.