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 John O’Gallagher, Hans Kollar and Jacqui Dankworth, and has played at venues such as Ronnie Scotts, Cheltenham Jazz Festival and The Royal Albert Hall. Tom currently plays lead trumpet in The Birmingham Jazz Orchestra, and also holds a chair in the National Youth Jazz 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. He has also completed his first UK tour with his sextet, and is set to record his debut album in the Summer of 2016. He has been lucky enough to have played with many great musicians so far in his carear, including John O’Gallagher, Hans Kollar, Frank Griffith and Jacqui Dankworth, and has played at venues/events such as Ronnie Scott’s, Cheltenham Jazz Festival and The Royal Albert Hall.
Percy Pursglove – “Tom Syson is one of the most interesting voices in the emerging generation of improvisers. His broad sphere of musical influence and exceptional intsrumental facility means that he is without doubt one to watch”
Frank Griffith – “Tom Syson is a wonderfully talented trumpeter, and composer who is well along his way to making an impact on the UK jazz scene. His full bodied and broad tone is equally complimented by his fluid and linear melodic sense with a proclivity to excite when necessary. ”
Jacqui Dankworth – “He is a very good musician and someone who really cares about the music.”
Steve Fishwick – “One of the most promising trumpeters of his generation”
Olly Chalk – “I just love the way he plays the trumpet …… he improvises all the time and I think it’s really important that he’s happy to take risks.
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