End of Ent Shed jazz brings out top names for final show

Mishka Adams was signed within two weeks of a record company boss
Mishka Adams was signed within two weeks of a record company boss

The final monthly Ent Shed jazz night will take place next week – and it’s going out in style.

Conscia Jazz, the Bedford-based jazz promotion and education company responsible for Bedford’s yearly jazz festival, is ending the monthly event to focus on next year’s festival.

The event at The Ent Shed in Castle Road has been running for 21 months and has seen the likes of Charlie Wood, Frank Griffith, Steve Fishwick, Julian Siegel and Jim Mullen grace the stage. Conscia Jazz will be looking to replace this event after the festival in March with a new event.

Closing the event on Thursday November 5 is the vocalist duo Pete Churchill & Mishka Adams, being accompanied by guitarist Ben Barritt and saxophonist Mark Lockheart. Pete, who is also a world renowned pianist, is a Bedford resident and husband of pianist Nikki Illes, and after recently completing almost 20 years’ teaching at the Guildhall School of Music, Pete is now Professor of Jazz Composition at the Royal Academy of Music in London whilst running the jazz choir at Trinity College of Music.

In his high-profile performing career, Pete has been a member of both Kenny Wheeler’s and Abdullah Ibrahim’s vocal projects and has worked with, among others, Norma Winstone, Stan Sulzmanand Tina May.

Mishka Adams’s roots include the literary, visual and musical arts.In her hometown of Manila in 2004, she was invited to perform at a musical evening called Jazz in Time, organised by the British CouncilI. It featured Courtney Pine and Cameron Pierre, one of the artists on the Candid Records roster. A demo was immediately sent to Alan Bates, chief executive of Candid Records, and within two weeks, she was signed and ready to record her debut album, ‘God Bless The Child’.

She moved to London in 2006 to study a masters in jazz at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She graduated in 2007 and released her second album, Space. Mishka has since produced two more albums under Candid.

Visit conscia.org for tickets, which cost £10 for adults and £8 for students plus fees. Tickets are also available on the door.

Under-18s get in free with a full paying adults but these tickets are only available on the door.