Top jazz talent coming to town with trombonist and Monk act

Thelonious are playing at The Ent Shed
Thelonious are playing at The Ent Shed

Bedfordshire-born trombonist David Sear and his quintet will light up The Auction Bar in Duke Street, Bedford on Thursday, September 10.

It’s the second monthly event run by Conscia Jazz, which runs concerts every second Thursday of the month and solely features bands led by a music college student in order to give the very best young musicians a stage outside major cities.

David Sear was born in Luton and is now a Birmingham-based trombonist.

David’s sound and approach to improvisation and composition is greatly influenced by the music of Elliot Mason, alongside other trombonists such as Frank Rosolino and Conrad Herwig.

Joining David is a brand new quintet consisting of Conscia Jazz founder Tom Syson on trumpet, Olly Chalk on piano, Tom Dring on double bass and Jonathan Silk on drums.

The Wynton Marsalis trombonist Elliot Mason has praised David’s “great sound and great technique”.

The event starts at 8pm with doors opening at 7.40pm.

Tickets are £5 on the door or £4.50 online (plus booking fee) at

And tonight (Thursday), Conscia brings Thelonious to The Ent Shed in Castle Road.

The band consists of Trinity Laban Conservatoire tutor Martin Speake and Birmingham Conservatoire’s deputy head of jazz Hans Koller as well as prolific young bassist Calum Gourlay and NYJO drummer David Dyson.

Thelonious explore the entire Monk repertoire with what’s described as “childlike curiosity” as well as “forensic attention to detail”.

Martin has worked extensively with Monk alumnus Paul Motian and Hans has played and recorded with the original Monk repertoire guru Steve Lacy.

Tickets are available online at for £10 (plus booking fee) as well as on the door at £10 for adults, £8 for students and free for under 18s with a full-paying adult (maximum of two per adult).

Conscia Jazz is a Bedford-based jazz promotion and education company designed to sustain and enhance the development of the art form in the region.

Watch out for information on all three of their monthly events as well as their yearly festival, which is set to expand in 2016.