Arnie Somogyi

Jazz Double Bass Tutor

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
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Arnie Somogyi is one of the UK's most in-demand bass players and has played on over 50 albums, including four as a leader. He has worked, recorded and performed with many of the world’s leading jazz musicians, as well as international stars including Tom Jones, Charlie Watts and Amy Winehouse.

In 2012 he was commissioned by the National Trust to create a ground-breaking project combining the written word, music and ambient sound. Untrue Island was inspired by Orford Ness, a desolate shingle spit on the Suffolk Coast, formerly an atomic weapons and now a nature reserve. It was produced in collaboration with award-winning writer Robert Macfarlane. performed on the Ness as part of 2012 Cultural Olympiad.

In January 2008, he released “Accident and Insurgency”, featuring trumpet legend Eddie Henderson. The CD featured an entirely original set of new material developed with his band Ambulance during the first-ever jazz-residency at the internationally renowned music centre Snape Maltings. It was nominated for a BBC Jazz Award and Ambulance were nominated Best Ensemble at the Parliamentary Jazz Awards. ‘Accident and Insurgency’ was supported by a UK tour attracting significant critical acclaim, including **** reviews in The Guardian, The Times, BBC Music Magazine, Jazzwise and The Scotsman; and was featured Gig of the Week and Critic's Choice in Time Out.

In 2004 he was awarded a Jerwood Commission and formed IMPROVOKATION - a ten-piece Anglo-Hungarian band that toured the UK and headlined at Ronnie Scott’s. The accompanying album of original compositions, ‘Star Mountain Sessions’, was the Observer CD of the Week. He works frequently at Ronnie Scott’s as part of the club's house band, the “Ronnie Scott’s All-Stars”.

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