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Shivraj is a jazz double and electric bassist from Birmingham and a graduate of Birmingham Conservatoire's Jazz course studying Double bass with Mark Hodgson, Arnie Somogyi. His development in jazz was nurtured through Birmingham's Jazzlines ensemble which he joined when he was 15. The Jazzlines ensemble is an organisation which helps children from the age of 15-18 get into Jazz music. It was set up by the Jazzlines Fellowship which is part of Town Hall Symphony Hall. The tutors include Percy Pursglove, Andrew Bain and Sara Coleman. The student tutors were James Banner, Ric Yarborough and Rebuan James. He benefited from masterclasses from Nic Smart, Jean Toussaint, Hans Koller, Kit Downes, Chris Montague and Joshua Blackmore. Since leaving the ensemble he's been part of the Jazzlines Trio which has given many gig opportunities like playing rush hour blues in Symphony Hall multiple times. Being part of the Jazzlines Trio has also allowed him to have masterclasses with Gareth Lockrane and Denys Baptiste. He was also in the Junior Department of the Birmingham Conservatoire from 2013-2015 where he studied closely with Percy Pursglove, Mike Williams and Lluis Mather.
A very active member of the growing Jazz scene in Birmingham he's hosted the Jam session at The Spotted Dog.
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