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Arnie Somogyi

One of the UK’s leading jazz bass players and an innovative band leader Arnie started out on bass guitar at 14 and later moved onto the double bass. Arnie began playing with Portishead’s Adrian Utley during a BA Hons course in English at Bristol University before moving to London to play with Acid Jazz legend Tommy Chase. In 1990 he won a scholarship to The Guildhall of Music in London to study on the postgraduate jazz course. Now based in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, Arnie is a much-sought after musician, composer, bandleader and a jazz lecturer at Birmingham Conservatoire. He’s performed and recorded with a wide variety of leading musicians, from pop legends Tom Jones, Amy Winehouse and Charlie Watts to renowned jazz artists including John Dankworth, Stan Tracey, Steve Grossman, James Moody, Bobby Hutcherson, Annie Ross, Clare Martin, Art Farmer, Joey Calderazzo and Bud Shank. Arnie has featured on over 40 albums with leading talents including Eddie Henderson, Eric Alexander, Omar, Chris Botti, and the Verve’s Richard Ashcroft. He’s also appeared on film soundtracks including ‘The Talented Mr Ripley’ and on-screen in the Oscar-nominated “An Education†(2009). He has presented three BBC Radio 4 ‘road-movie-for-radio’ documentaries about Eastern Europe and has recorded international music features for BBC Radio. The legendary bass player Charles Mingus has always been a major influence.

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