Official site of Tom Southerton

Tom is a Japan based freelance musician, originally from Manchester U.K.

He has toured extensively over several continents, performing with numerous bands and theatrical shows playing a spectacular range of musical styles.

Tom received his Degree in Contemporary Music from Dartington College of Arts, Postgraduate Certificate in World Music Studies from Sheffield University and Postgraduate Certificate of Education from The University of Bolton.

Performance Instruments

  • Double Bass
  • Bass Guitar
  • Backing Vocals
  • Percussion

Asseverations Site


Tom has worked as a session musician alongside many talented vocalists and musicians both on live and recording projects.


Tom’s new original album Asseverations will be released in 2017 featuring all instrumental music for power trio.


Besides teaching private lessons and his own unique workshops, Tom teaches music classes at Linden Hall School in West Japan.

Tom Southerton is at OZU 1336.

5 days 2 hours ago

I'm playing at Ozu1336 this Sunday. They're hosting events all weekend. People of Hiroshima: check it out!

Tom Southerton is at Pianobar Shitamoto.

5 days 3 hours ago

Playing at Shitamoto's this Saturday. Session too!

This guy can groove

“This guy can groove and is versatile and rock solid in many different styles of music.”

Tim Franks
Drummer, Manchester

Virtuoso, cooperative, capable

” Tom Southerton – virtuoso, cooperative, capable, many sided… excellent Dude! Always been a pleasure to play with you!”

Daniel Kisters

Excellent feedback

“Tom Southerton has worked for Hipswing Entertainments on many occasions and has always been popular with our customers and we have received excellent feedback. He is reliable and conscientious and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him.”

Tansy Shorrock

Performances greater than the sum

“Tom is one of the most professional musicians you could ever hope to meet, his skill, enthusiasm and energy help to make even the most mundane of performances greater than the sum of its parts.”

Jim Faulkner
Guitarist, Manchester

Ultimate professional

” As a bandleader, I can honestly say Tom is one of the greatest and most innovative and adaptable musicians I have worked with. He applies his unique style and vast musical knowledge to any genre put in front of him without sounding cliche or predictable. He is also the ultimate professional, always punctual and prepared to help out beyond the call of duty without being asked. Check out his Wah Wah Hendrix double bass solos man!”

Justin Randall

Flexible, Talented

“Tom Southerton in a very flexible, talented and broadminded musician. He listens well, and adapts easily to new ideas and changes. His knowledge of world music is also fantastic. “

Helle Singsaas

A talented composer and musician

” Tom is a talented composer and musician. his understanding of music sound and rhythm is second to none. Tom`s wealth of knowledge and experience adds structure to any musical setting especially in a band.”

Selina Green
Last Tribe

Any musical project

“I enjoyed playing on stage with Tom, he is a great & versatile musician, very professional person to work with. I wouldn’t hesitate to getting on board for any musical project”

Daniel Aso

Peasure to work with

” Having worked with Tom on a wide variety of musical projects over the past 15 – 20 yrs I have always found him to be a truly professional in all senses of the word – Punctual, well organised, a great manager of projects and people, musical director and above all an accomplished and versatile performer. He can switch between musical styles and instruments with ease and is a pleasure to work with.”

Pete Marshall
Session Musician, Manchester

Reliable and honest and respected musician

“Tom is a reliable and honest and respected musician, he has a very warm and welcoming personality and is always keen to work with other musicians especially in the field of World music”.

Mahesh Navekar

Highly talented musician with the ability

” Tom is a highly talented musician with the ability to play many forms of music with ease. He brings great enery and enthusiasm to each performance.”

Rob Maskell
Simon Fielder Productions

He is an amazingly talented

” Working with Tom was an absolute pleasure. He is an amazingly talented bass player and also a great percussionist. His enthusiasm certainly comes through in his playing, with great feel and energy.”

Andy Ross

Discipline, focus, awareness

” Tom Southerton is one of those rare musicians whom, despite his tireless pursuit to craft his own unique voice on his instrument, also possesses the discipline, focus, awareness and general musicianship skills to work effectively in any musical setting. A dedicated and committed artist Tom would prove a great asset to any musical project.”

Jamie Wallace
Guitarist, Manchester

Great ear and great sense of musicianship

” Tom Southerton is a versatile musician and fits in with any style of music. He has a great ear and great sense of musicianship. Working with him was a great privilege and it was a shame to see him leave the UK. Tom also worked as a co-teacher with me and i found him extremely patient and helpful. His knowledge and creativity not just makes him a great musician but also a great teacher.”

Razwan Sarwar
Pianist / Primary School Music Teacher

Wonderfully supportive musician

” Tom is a wonderfully supportive musician, he can play any style from jazz to funk, pop to ska and is always open to trying out new ideas. He is reliable, honest, punctual and professional and all in all, a great person to have in your band, not only for his musical talents, but also for his uplifting personality which always keeps the band

Alex Lorence

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