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About Alec

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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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.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I require car parking close to venues
I can perform with backing tracks
My equipment is PAT tested
I own a PA system
Encore awards
3rd Encoreversary
Saved the day!
Booked for 5 Encore gigs!
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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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

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
Days of Wine and Roses
Don’t Get Around Much Any More
Easy to Love
Girl From Ipanema
Green Dolphin Street
How Insensitive
In a Sentimental Mood
Long Ago and Far Away
Lullaby if Birdland
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
There Will Never be Another You
They Can't Take That Away From Me
Wave What a Wonderful World
All of Me Loves All of You
At Last
Can't Take my Eyes Off of You
Careless Whisper
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
Say a Little Prayer
Thinking Out Loud.
To Love Somebody
When a Woman Loves a Man
When I Fall in Love
You Are the Sunshine of My Life
Your Song
All Summer Long.
Bad Girl
Bang Bang
Billie Jean
Call Me Maybe
Can't Stop The Feeling
Dancing in the Moonlight
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
Just Got Paid
Locked Out of Heaven
Love on Top
Million Dreams
Rather Be
Soak Up The Sun.
Shut Up and Dance
Summer of 69.
Summer Nights.
Surfin USA.
Tears in Heaven
That's What I Like
Uptown Funk
Wouldst it be Nice
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
Signed Sealed Delivered
Smooth Operator
Soul Man
Stand By Me
Take Me to the River
You are the Sunshine of my Life.
You to me are Everything
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.


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£200
Up to 2 hours£300
Up to 3 hours£400


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Jennie P, 11 days ago

Great communication Alec punctual - very good event thanks

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Jenna A, 12 days ago

Alec was brilliant. Definitely recommended

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Jasmine O, 13 days ago

Was really impressed everybody loved it. Would recommend him to family and friends:)

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Leon S, 18 days ago

Brilliant had the place buzzing will defo be booking again

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Paul P, 2 years ago

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, 2 years ago

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