I have vast experience as a performer playing Electric Bass, in 4 and 6 string varieties. A strong sense of rhythm, impeccable improvisation, and sight reading abilities make for exciting performances in all Jazz and Popular styles. I also have years and years of experience ‘depping’ for other musicians, and can seamlessly integrate into your musical performance. Being critical of tone and stylistics, it ensures a great sounding performance every time. Playing bass in some of the best north-east and UK-wide professional function bands including Skynights, Discography, Groove Allstars, The Regulators, Emerald Thieves, Funk Conspiracy, Groove Central Station, and The Strictly Smokin’ Soul Band just to name a handful is what keeps me busy. Here’s an example of a typical performance scenario with NO rehearsal needed.
Not Now Charlie [Jazz]
The roots of this Newcastle based band are set in the Jazz world but they draw on their mutual love of many other genres such as Rock, Neo Soul, Pop and R&B. Expect the perfect mix of Jazz harmony with infectious grooves and memorable melodies, all topped off with the excitement of improvisation. Taking their influence from the likes of Christian Scott, Manu Katche, Chris Potter, Roller Trio and Joshua Redman yet still managing to create their own individual sound.
Kopycat Killers / Subarctic Monkeys [Rock]
Starting in 2021 I have been rocking out with the talented musicians of these fantastic tribute acts. Performing to sold out audiences all over the UK, aiming for accuracy and detail in the performances, but most importantly a great show that always goes down a storm.
Ian Simmo and Friends [Blues]
I’ve been lucky to play a handful of blues gigs in this brilliant trio line up, which really lets me use the Bass Guitar to its full potential.