Tom Syson is a highly regarded trumpeter and composer based in the UK. He is the holder of the prestigious lead trumpet chair at the National Youth Jazz Orchestra and has been described as ‘one of the stars of the UK to look out for’ (Sarah Ward, JazzFm). His ‘creativity, as a composer and instrumentalist, leaves one in no doubt as to his bright future in contemporary jazz’ and ‘he’s surely here to stay.’ (London Jazz News). He has played with musicians such as Jacqui Dankworth, Alex Garnett and Leon Greening, and has played at venues/events such as Ronnie Scotts, Cheltenham Jazz Festival, The Barbican and The Royal Albert Hall.
‘It’s a bold statement from an exciting new voice.’ ***
Sarah Ward, JazzFm
‘Fabulous young trumpeter and composer…one of the stars of the UK to look out for…marvellous young player’
London Jazz News
‘Tom Syson’s creativity, as a composer and instrumentalist, leaves one in no doubt as to his bright future in contemporary jazz. He’s surely here to stay.’
‘An album that deserves to establish Syson firmly on the UK jazz map. It’s a bold and thoroughly convincing début.’
After growing up in Bedfordshire, Tom moved to Birmingham to attend the Birmingham Conservatoire in September 2011, after being granted a place on their prestigious jazz course. He was lucky enough to be regularly taught by musicians such as Percy Pursglove, Richard Illes, Hans Kollar and Andrew Bain, as well as visiting tutors such as Dave Holland, Jeff Ballard, Mark Turner, Mike Lovatt and John Taylor.
After graduating from his BMus degree in Jazz from Birmingham Conservatoire with First Class Honours in 2015, he has released his debut album and completed 3 UK tours as a bandleader. His debut album ‘Green’ was recorded at Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios, featured JazzFm Vocalist of the Year 2016 Lauren Kinsella on a track, and was produced by long term mentor Percy Pursglove. ‘Green’ received a large amount of press coverage, which included a feature on BBC Radio 3’s Jazz Now and substantial radio play on JazzFM. It also included some great reviews from leading jazz publications in the UK, including Jazzwise and London Jazz News.
In 2018 he was handed the prestigious lead trumpet chair at the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, after holding a chair in the ensemble for a few years. He also holds the lead trumpet chair with the Birmingham Jazz Orchestra, and has performed with the Syd Lawrence Orchestra.
In late 2018, he is set to embark on a tour with his new quintet. The band features Tom Barford (2017 Kenny Wheeler Prize Winner, Jazzwise – ‘Future star of the UK Jazz Scene.’) on tenor saxophone, David Ferris (2014 Mike Gibbs Prize Winner, Simon Spillett, Helen Mayhew JazzFm – ‘One to watch.’) on piano, Pete Hutchison (Dixie Strollers, Hofesh Shechter Company, Abandoman) on double bass and Jonathan Silk (Soweto Kinch, Trope) on drums.