THE OFFICIAL WEBSITE OF UK JAZZ TRUMPET PLAYER, COMPOSER AND EDUCATOR STEVE WATERMAN
Born 14th December 1974, Alun became interested in playing bass after seeing Gene Simmons with Kiss on TV in the late 80s ( that's right - it wasn't even the make up era, it was the dodgy wig Crazy Nights era!).
Unable to afford a bass, he set about dropping hints for the following Christmas ( this started in the Spring!) and set about learning everything he could about the bass and music . For reasons best known to himself, he strung a 15" ruler with four elastic bands and used that for nearly a year. Alun later said that "Using the Ashbory (which has silicone rubber strings) feels like I've come full circle."
Alun started off playing in rock and metal bands which rehearsed a lot but never actually gigged until he met guitarist Ian Simmons in the early 90's and joined Nothing Personal, a jazz-rock 5 piece featuring Ian's brother Steve on sax. This band played various festivals, including the Vienne Jazz Festival in '94, and played many club gigs (often to no-one)
This band was then largely responsible for everything that followed...
Alun joined Fat Barry's Soul Band, a Welsh Commitments/Blues Brothers style act that he played with for several years, leaving in 1999. Alun was later asked asked to join Panic Room.
Through Nothing Personal, Alun also met jazz pianist Dave Cottle, who runs the hugely successful Swansea Jazzland. This collaboration has led to Alun playing with some of the finest players on the UK jazz scene as well as backing visiting musicians from Europe and the USA.
Alun has been a tutor on the Steve Waterman's Annual Contemporary Big Band Jazz weekend since year one, performs solo bass shows, runs an instructional website, Bassbook, and writes material for education sites Learn The Low End and Chops From Hell.
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