Saxophonist

Alec Wares

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A professional musician for the last 35 years, playing in all genres of music from jazz trio to full symphony orchestra.
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Saxophonist
Manchester
Public liability insurance of £10 million

Graduated as a percussionist from the Royal Northern College of Music in1985, then spent the next 14 years as a professional woodwind player (with some percussion thrown in too). As well as touring theatre, played in the house band for S4C's "Galu Gari" show. Toured Norway with "The Monroes" pop band in 1986. Worked with Ray McVay's band for 2 seasons at Blackpool Tower Ballroom, shows at Oldham Coliseum Theatre, Wythenshawe Forum, pantos at Birmingham Hippodrome, tenor sax with "Supersax 2", MD and tenor sax with the Big Shot Swing Orchestra and Little Big Shot Band, baritone sax with Martha and the Vandellas touring band, tenor sax with "Midnight Hour" soul band, "Blast Off" function band, solo work with backing tracks.

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50 gigs
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Musicianship
Genres:
Musical theatre, Film / TV music, Ambient, Deep house, Drum 'n' Bass, Electro-Swing, Garage, House, Jazz, Blues, Cabaret, Jazz fusion, Latin jazz, Modern jazz, Postmodern jukebox jazz, Swing, Easy listening, Originals, Light music, Pop, Acoustic, Covers, Funk, Funk rock, Motown, Soul, Top 40, Vintage, Rock, Britpop, Pop rock, Rock 'n' Roll
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Instruments:
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Event types:
Private event, Wedding, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Corporate event, Charity event, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Arranger, Composer, Orchestrator, Transcription, Fluent improviser, Fluent sight-reader, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching
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Song list

JAZZ STANDARDS
All of Me
All the Things You Are
April in Paris
As Time Goes By
Autumn in New York
Autumn Leaves
Black Orpheus
Blue Bossa
Body and Soul
But Beautiful
C Jam blues
Corcorvado
Days of Wine and Roses
Desafinado
Don’t Get Around Much Any More
Easy to Love
Four
Girl From Ipanema
Green Dolphin Street
How Insensitive
In a Sentimental Mood
Long Ago and Far Away
Lullaby if Birdland
Meditation
Misty
The Nearness of You
Night and Day
On the Sunny Side of the Street
Out of Nowhere
Polkadots and moonbeams
Satin Doll Straight no Chaser
Summertime
There Will Never be Another You
They Can't Take That Away From Me
Wave What a Wonderful World
LOVE SONGS
a Million Love songs
All of Me Loves All of You
At Last
Can't Take my Eyes Off of You
Careless Whisper
Clown
Do I Love You, Indeed I do
Everything I Do, I Do It For You.
From a Distance
How Deep Is Your Love
How Long Will I Love You
I Just Called to Say I Love You
If I Aint Got You
I'll Be There
Just The Way You Are
Killing Me Softly
Kiss From A Rose
Let's Stay Together
Natural Woman
Perfect
Say a Little Prayer
Thinking Out Loud.
To Love Somebody
Unforgettable
When a Woman Loves a Man
When I Fall in Love
Wind Beneath My Wings
You Are the Sunshine of My Life
Your Song
POP
All Summer Long.
Bad Girl
Bang Bang
Billie Jean
Call Me Maybe
Can't Stop The Feeling
Dancing in the Moonlight
Despacito
Domino
Don't Start Now
Don't Stop Believing
Don't You Worry Bout a Thing.
Do The Walk of Life.
Escape (Pina colada Song).
Forget You Happy.
Here Comes the Sun.
Hold My Hand
Jubel
Just Got Paid
Kokomo.
Locked Out of Heaven
Love on Top
Million Dreams
Promises
Rather Be
Rockabye
Rosanna.
Soak Up The Sun.
Señorita.
Shut Up and Dance
Skate.
Summer of 69.
Summer Nights.
Surfin USA.
Symphony.
Tears in Heaven
Titanium
That's What I Like
Uptown Funk
Valerie.
Wouldst it be Nice
SOUL/MOTOWN
As
Ain't No Mountain High Enough
Dancing in the Street
Forget You
Higher and Higher
I Heard it Throught the Grapevine
I Wish
Lean on me
Long Train Running
Man in the Mirror
Never Too Much
Play That Funky Music
September
Signed Sealed Delivered
Smooth Operator
Soul Man
Stand By Me
Superstition
Take Me to the River
Tears of a Clown
You are the Sunshine of my Life.
You to me are Everything
HOUSE
How deep is your love
Ain’t giving up
Infinity 2008
Higher love
Baker Street
Hot stuff
This girl
Jubel
The Man with the Red Face
BED
Lies
Dance monkey
Sacrifice
Afraid
Mr Saxobeat
What’s love got to do with it
I got you
Regardless
Morning
Make luv
Go bang
Head & heart
Shine
Sun goes down
New levels
I want it that way
No time for tears
Closure
If your girl,only new
Where a I belong
Do me right
If you wanna
Push it right
Goodbye
Carry on
Nobody else
Come with me
2am
Lights go down
Na na na
Better off without you
Higher love
Titanium
Lonely
Cola
Regardless
One kiss
Miss me much
Love line
Out of my head
Timeless
Oh my
Set me free
Want no other
How would it feel
Unforgettable
Promises
Heaven on my mind
We found love
Customer questions

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

If you need more time, please let me know and I can adjust the quote

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?

I work exclusively from an ipad, so there is always a playlist ready to use between sets.

How much time do you need to set up?

Normally set up takes no longer than half an hour.

Can I pick the songs you play from the set list?

If there is a particular style you would like, please let me know and I’ll try to accommodate.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Absolutely. I bring the tracks and the PA system. All I need is a power supply to plug into.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

If there is a particular song you would like, it may be possible to play it if I am given sufficient notice. This gives me time to obtain the backing track and the sheet music, if needed.

Prices

Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£150
Up to 1 hour£250
Up to 2 hours£350
Up to 3 hours£450
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Reviews

From Encore customers:

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Anne C
22 days ago
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5 out of 5

Was amazing would definitely recommend

Reply from Alec
22 days ago

Thanks Anne Marie. Glad everyone enjoyed it.

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Michelle P
25 days ago
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5 out of 5

Thank you for a great night.

Reply from Alec
25 days ago

Glad everyone enjoyed it. Thanks. Alec

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Joanne T
1 month ago
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5 out of 5

Alec played at my 40th for 2 hours and was amazing. All of my guests commented on how good he was. I just wish I could’ve afforded to have him play all night!

Reply from Alec
1 month ago

Thanks, Joanne . Glad everyone enjoyed it

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Stephen O
1 month ago
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5 out of 5

He was amazing all guest loved him

Reply from Alec
1 month ago

Thanks Stephen. Glad everyone enjoyed it

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Paul P
3 years ago, for a Concert in Higginshaw Rd
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5 out of 5

Thanks for all your hard work on the concert. You played with great style and we got many positive comments throughout the evening. Look forward to hearing you again. Cheers. Paul

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Chris A
3 years ago, for a Private event in Portland St
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5 out of 5

Many thanks for your professionalism from start to finish. Your sax playing was fantastic and really added to the atmosphere of the evening