The ‘Conscia Jazz Festival 2017‘ is taking place from the evening of Friday the 1st of September to the evening of Sunday the 3rd of September, predominately at the Quarry Theatre in Bedford, UK. The festival is the 3rd festival we have produced in the area of Bedford in as many years, with the previous festival taking place in March 2016. This year’s festival is again focusing on variety, as we try to reach as many different jazz fans as possible. Jazz is such a wide genre of music and we really hope that there will be something for everyone. If you have never been to a live jazz event before, or if you don’t consider yourself a jazz fan, come along and give it a go, you may surprise yourself!
Conscia Jazz is absolutely delighted to announce that this year’s community stage for the #CJF17 will be called the ‘Roger Dickens Community Stage’ after local musician and jazz lover Roger Dickens.
Conscia Jazz (DBACE Award Nominee 2015) is a jazz promotion and education company based in and around the Bedford area. We have a variety of different projects and events desgined to sustain and enhance the development of this illustrous art form in the region. We strongly believe that spreading the awareness of this music outside of our country’s major cities is key to ensuring that it thrives; this is not just what we are planning to do, this is what we are already doing. From January 2014, Jazz @ The Ent Shed was founded, and in March 2015, we had the first Bedford and Milton Keynes Jazz Festival, with seven events over three days. These two events were the first steps towards the birth of Conscia Jazz. Since then, we have produced many different events in Bedford including the very succesful ‘Conscia Jazz Presents: The Bedford Jazz Festival 2016’ which is set to be an annual event for the forseable future, and the main focus of our promotional activities.
‘Conscia Jazz Presents: The Bedford Jazz Festival 2016’ was substantially larger than its predercessor, the ‘Bedford and Milton Keynes Jazz Festival 2015’. It ran from Saturday morning to Sunday night on the weekend of the 19th of March 2016 with a wide range of venues and acts. These acts included some of the UK’s top talents in The Pete Churchill Quartet, Kansas Smitty’s House Band, Charlie Wood & Jacqui Dankworth and Stuart McCallum & Mike Walker to name a few. We also welcomed Amercian Blue Note artist Ambrose Akinmusire and his quartet to Bedford. The dates for next year’s festival will be released soon on our ‘Conscia Jazz Festival 2017’ page.
A big part of the company is its educational programmes, which includes a wide range of workshops and masterclasses available to a wide range of age groups. All of our educators are professional jazz musicians with years of training and experience, with the majority of them based locally. We look to provide the best possible jazz education for this region’s students in the hope that we will carry on the ever increasing popularity of jazz among the youth of today.
Come along and get involved to help us Bedfordians bring jazz to Bedford and its surrounding areas!