Shivraj Singh is a young up and coming double and electric bass player from Birmingham, UK. His first experience playing was at a very young age through the outreach programme ran by Jazzlines called the Jazzlines Summer School. Where he performed and studied with some British Jazz giants. The likes of Jean Toussaint, Nikki Isle, Shabaka Hutchings, Reuben James and Kit Downes were all of tutors and guest artists. He later went on to study at the decorated Royal Birmingham Conservatoire (2015-2019) where he was taught by Mike Williams, Mark Hodgson, John O’Gallagher, Arnie Somogyi, Hans Koller and legendary Bassist Thomas Martin. Over the course of his short career he has performed with Soweto Kinch, Clark Tracey, Percy Pursglove, Sara Coleman, Denys Baptiste, Nikki Yeoh, Liam Noble, Jean Toussaint, Phil Robson, Xhosa Cole and the Black Voices to name but a few. As well as playing with some of the best in his field he has played at many notable venues around the UK and abroad such as the Spotted Dog (Birmingham), Jazz Cafe (London), Cheltenham Jazz Festival (Cheltenham), JAZZFEST (Trondheim) and Pizza Express (London)
He is a notable sideman in some currents bands in Birmingham; one these being the BBC Young Jazz Musician of the year's band, the Xhosa Cole Quartet. Shivraj and Xhosa have had a long standing relationship, having grown up playing together in the Jazzlines Ensemble. This band mixes the styles of Hard Bop, Post-Bop and Modal music effortlessly drawing on influences such as John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk and Sonny Rollins. The members of the band include Nathan Jones on Drums and David Austin-Grey on Piano both established players on the Birmingham Jazz scene. Shivraj is also part of David Austin-Grey's project A Hologram Maze: All Songs are Love Songs which is a blend of classic Jazz Standards and more contemporary Jazz music.