Saxophonist

Ann-Marie Atkins

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Tenor & alto saxophonist & vocalist. Performs with bands, solo, DJs, percussionists, and session work. Available for all occasions!

I believe I was a born musician! It's something that I have always been into, from a very early age. The first instrument I learned was the recorder at school, but I actually took it seriously and quickly learned to read music and play quite well on the descant, treble and tenor recorders. At secondary school I started with the clarinet and worked my way through the grades to grade 6, along with singing. At that time, the saxophone was just a second instrument and I took it up again seriously into adulthood, by attending music college in Leeds. My main instrument now is the tenor saxophone for which I play straight ahead jazz, but I also play the alto and soprano, mainly for funk and soul and acoustic gigs. At college I also studied the flute as a subsidiary instrument and took piano lessons. In 2010 I took up playing the trombone snd subsequently the sousaphone as I enjoy listening to and playing reggae, ska and New Orleans style jazz. It was initially a bit of fun but I worked my way through the jazz grades on the trombone and then took that seriously too! I have also run and managed my own bands, which I still do: Brassbound, a funky, jazzy brass and wind street band; Silverrock, a reggae band and The Funk N Disorderleez, a funk, soul and disco band. I do lots of session work and recordings and really enjoy writing horn lines for songs. But my first love is playing live and at the moment, as well as playing with bands, I do quite a few solo performances to backing tracks or alongside a DJ or percussionist. You will always get a professional and lively performance from me, a friendly smile and plenty of engagement with the audience! Choose me for your special occasion and I will deliver a performance to remember!

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I can perform with backing tracks
I can perform while walking around a venue
My equipment is PAT tested
I own a PA system
Musicianship
Genres:
Jazz, Blues, Cabaret, Dixieland, Jazz fusion, Latin jazz, Swing, Gospel, Garage, House, Techno, Jungle, Drum 'n' Bass, Deep house, Electronic, Originals, Pop, Acoustic, Covers, Disco, Funk, Hip Hop, R&B, Soul, Top 40, Motown, World music, African music, Afrobeat, Bollywood, Bossa nova, Brazilian music, Calypso, Caribbean music, Choro, Cuban music, Latin, Reggae, Salsa, Samba, Ska
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Instruments:
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Event types:
Private event, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Singing teaching, Community music worker, Fluent improviser, Arranger, Composer, Lyricist, Orchestrator, Songwriter, Transcription, Actor
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Song list

JWEDDING SONGS/BALLADS SAMPLE LIST (saxophone)
All Of Me - John Legend
At Last - Etta James
Someone Like You - Adele
To Prove My Love - Adele
Let's Stay Together - Al Green
So Amazing - Luther Vandross
Always And Forever - Heatwave
Over The Rainbow - Eva Cassidy
I'll BeThere - Jackson Five
I Will Always Love You - Whitney Houston
Lost Without You - Robin Thicke
Waiting In Vain - Bob Marley
Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran
Stay With Me - Sam Smith
Beauty And The Beast - Alan Menken
If I Ain't Got You - Alecia Keys
Say Yes - Floetry
Nice And Slow - Usher
Stand By Me -Ben E. King
My Cherie Amour - Stevie Wonder
Someone Like You - Van Morrison
Have I Told You Lately That I Love You - Van Morrison
Can You Feel The Love Tonight - Elton John/Tim Rice
Rock With You - Michael Jackson
JAZZ STANDARDS (saxophone) SAMPLE LIST
All Blues
At Last
Autumn Leaves
Black Orpheus
Blue Bossa
Cantelope Island
Desafinado
Fever
Fly Me to the moon
Footprints
Georgia On My Mind
In A Sentimental Mood
Little Sunflower
Mercy, Mercy, Mercy
Moonglow
Satin Doll
Song for my Father
Summertime
Sunny
Watermelon Man
Wave
JAZZ STANDARDS (VOCALS) SAMPLE LIST
Fly Me To The Moon
God Bless The Child
Mas Que Nada (sung in Portuguese)
The Girl/Boy from Ipanema (sung in Portuguese)
My Favourite Things
Moody's Mood
The Street Where You Live
I Could Have Danced All Night
Summertime
Moon River
FUNK SOUL R&B saxophone set list:
Ain't Nobody - Rufus & Chaka Khan
Never Too Much - Luther Vandross
Have A Good Time - Brand New Heavies
Get Down Saturday Night - Oliver Cheetham
Don't Look Any Further - Dennis Edwards
Love Like This - Faith Evans
You Used To Love Me - Faith Evans
Don't Walk Away - Jade
Return Of The Mac - Mark Morrison
Rising To The Top - Kenni Burke
Rock My World - Michael Jackson
Human Nature - Michael Jackson
Brown Sugar - D’Angelo
On & On - Erykah Badu
Gonna Make You Mine - Loose Ends
No Diggity - Blackstreet
Ain’t No Stopping Us Now - McFadden & Whitehead
And The Best Goes On - The Whispers
Let’s Stay Together - Al Green
Let’s Get It On - Marvin Gaye
I Found Loving - Fatback Band
Gonna Make Yiu Mine - Loose Ends
You Make Me Happy - Surface
ROCK & POP CLASSIC & MODERN:
sample list: (saxophone):
New Rules - Dua Lipa
Cheap Trills -Sia
Seven Years Old -
Forget You - CeLo Green
That's What I Like - Bruno Mars
Shape Of You - Ed
Karma Chameleon- Culture Club
Wonderwall- Oasis
It’s Not Unusual - Tom Jones
Sweet Caroline - Neil Diamond
Proud Mary - Tina Turner
Don’t You Want Me - Human League
You Can Call Me Al - Paul Simon
Jumping Jack Flash - The Rilling Stones
AFROBEAT sample list (saxophone):
Level - Sean Tizzle ft. Ceeboi
Fall - Davido
Chop My Money
My Woman - Patoranking
For Life - Rundown
Blow My Mind - Davido ft Chris Brown
Come Closer - Wizkid ft Drake
Wish Me Well - Kwame Eugene
Wakanda - Akon
Girlie-O Patoranking ft Tina Savage
49-99 - Tiwa Savage
Sweet Mother - Prince Nico
Oliver Twist - D-Banj
Water No Get Enemy - Fela Kuti
REGGAE SAMPLE LIST (saxophone):
Waiting In Vain - Bob Marley
No Woman No Cry - Bob Marley
She’s Royal - Taurus Riley
Skanking Sweet - Chronnix
Lioness On The Rise - Queen Ifrika
Come Fown Father - Beres Hammond
Sitting And Watching - Dennis Brown
Coming Home Tonight - Dennis Brown
Eve
FUNERAL/MEMORIAL SONGS (vocal or saxophone):
Amazing Grace
Abide With Me
Rock Of Ages
Blessed Assurance
What A Friend We Have In Jesus
Bridge Over Troubled Waters
In The Arms Of An Angel
Colours Of The Wind
I Will Always Love You
Tears In Heaven
Sailing
Dance With My Father
Dancing With The Angels
There Is A River
Customer questions

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

I will always try my best to be flexible to ensure your event runs as smoothly as possible. Please inform me as soon as possible and I will be happy to oblige.

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

Absolutely! As a solo artist, I can provide a full pa with backingbtracks, saxophone and/or vocals. If you would like a live DJ, I can also supply one for you. Price would depend on hours required.

How much time do you need to set up?

To set up my own pa and quickly sound check, I would like to do this at least an hour before the event starts. If you are using your own DJ and DJ equipment, I can be ready in a matter of minutes, as long as the DJ is able to accommodate my microphone,

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

I usually play anything at any given time from my playlist but I am happy for you to choose specific songs. In addition, if you would like me to play any song that is not on my playlist, I will be happy to learn it for you at no additional cost.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

If using my own pa, all I would need from you is a power supply!

Can you learn song requests before the event?

If you would like me to play any song or songs that are not on my playlist, I will be happy to learn them for you at no additional cost, providing you give me sufficient notice.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

My clients live the fact that I am familiar with many genres, especially the ones that most other sax players do not play (eg: soul, RnB, reggae, Afrobeat). I have strong improvisational skills and I can play along with a DJ without knowing the song already. I also offer vocals as an added bonus!

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

The Jazz Cafe in Camden, London; The Hootananny in Brixton, London; The Royal Albert Hall, London (as a teacher/musical director); Addington Palace, Croydon

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Everyone!

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

I have performed at various high profile venues as a saxophonist, singer, bandleader and educator, including the Royal Albert Hall, the Jazz Cafe in Camden and live on national news (performing in Wembley it’s a School based samba band at the 2012 Olympic bid).

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)£100
Up to 1 hour£180
Up to 2 hours£240
Up to 3 hours£320

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Kelly H, 2 months ago

Ann-Marie arrived an hour late (traffic), but apologised profusely, set up quickly and played as planned. She is an excellent saxophonist and really worked the crowd. Her music was spot on. She also stayed later to make up for the late arrival and came up with some quirky ways to make the speeches for the wedding even better. A shame that she was late - but you can't predict the traffic and she more then made up for it. 5 stars!!

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Nicole G, 3 months ago

AMAZING!! She done a fantastic job! Couldn’t recommend her enough!

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Valerie T, 3 months ago

Ann-Marie made our party special She was brilliant. Would recommend her 100%

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Abigail P, 4 months ago

Anne-Marie played at our wedding alongside our DJ in June. Anne-Marie was amazing and was able to cater to our (very mixed!!) music taste. Anne-Marie also sung our first dance as well as play the saxaphone, it was perfect in every way. Thank you so much Anne-Marie, we are so glad we chose you!!

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Dawn T, 2 months ago

Ann-Marie was amazing! Our guests loved her, as did we, Not only her brilliant performance but her general presence. Ann-Marie was also very accommodating and flexible especially considering we only booked her a few days before our event. Dawn & Phil Tufnell

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Jordelle J, 3 months ago

My love for saxophone has been enhanced, you deserve more than five stars. Ann-Marie was great at our wedding she helped us create such an intimate vibe. We left her to do her own thing which was the best idea because she plays with so much heart and soul. The family was so impressed and it got us all up on our feet dancing and singing I wish I could relive that experience thank you soo much Ann-Marie for making my day perfect x x x

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