I’m a saxophonist/bass player/singer living in the centre of the London. I’m lucky enough to be in walking distance of many great venues, jam sessions, clubs , right in the heart of the capital’s artistic hub. I’m involved in many different genres of music and try to be continuously active in keeping music live and constantly evolving. I write and arrange my own and others’ music, I play in horn sections, improvise, play different styles on all instruments and sing lead and backing vocals.
I grew up in a house where music was incredibly important. Some of my earliest memories are of sitting backstage or standing in the wings watching my dad onstage. We always had music playing in the house from Vivaldi to Art Pepper to Willie Nelson. The majority of the music my dad, Steve Somers (www.facebook.com/stevesomersmusic ) played professionally , (and still does) was country, bluegrass and western swing working for many US and UK country stars such as Glen Campbell, Billie Jo Spears, Freddie Weller, Lonnie Donegan and more.
I began playing the sax at 16 and left home at 19 to study jazz at Middlesex university. At university I was filled with inspiration by my lecturers Stuart Hall, Nikki Iles and Pete Churchill all of whom inspired me and really opened my ears, that has lasted with me ever since. During my degree I happened upon a TV concert by Steve Earle and Del McCoury which brought the music of my childhood flooding back. I soon acquired a double bass and jumped head first back in to the musical world of bluegrass, country and folk.
In the last few years I’ve been lucky enough to work with some of my heroes such as Dr John, Dirk Powell, Darol Anger, Bruce Molsky , The Time-Jumpers and a few others, other credits include Taylor Swift , Seal, Mika, Jonathon Edwards and more. I’ve also developed some new heroes amongst my peers. My main passion in life is to make music with others who take it as seriously and love it as much as I do.