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About Ann-Marie

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

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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, Postmodern jukebox jazz, Ambient pop, Vintage
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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

WEDDING SONGS/BALLADS SAMPLE LIST (saxophone)
All Of Me - John Legend
At Last - Etta James
Wonderful Tonight - Eric Clapton
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
Perfect - Ed Sheeran
Stay With Me - Sam Smith
Beauty And The Beast - Alan Menken
If I Ain't Got You - Alecia Keys
Nice And Slow - Usher
Stand By Me -Ben E. King
My Cherie Amour - Stevie Wonder
Ribbon In The Sky - 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
Fix You -Coldplay
Magic -Coldplay
I Can’t Help Falling In Love - Elvis Presley
My Song -H.E.R
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
Softly As In A Morning Sunrise
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
Summertime
Moon River
At Last
My Baby Just Cares For Me
Fever
CHRISTMAS JAZZ SONGS (sax and vocal):
Sleigh Ride - Ella Fitzgerald
Winter Wonderland - Ella Fitzgerald
White Christmas - Bing Crosby
Santa Baby - Earths Kitt
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town - Frank Sinatra
Jingle Bells - Frank Sinatra
The Christmas Song - Nat King Cole
Let It Snow - Dean Martin
CLASSIC FUNK SOUL R&B saxophone sample set list:
Roses Are Red - Mac Band
Slow Down - Bobby Valentino
Ain't Nobody - Rufus & Chaka Khan
Never Too Much - Luther Vandross
Have A Good Time - Brand New Heavies
Shake Everything You’ve Got - Maceo Parker
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 You Mine - Loose Ends
You Make Me Happy - Surface
Teardrops - Womack & Womack
Slow Down - Bobby V
HOUSE/ELETRONIC/FUNKY HOUSE/POP
(I can improvise over any song, but the following are some that I regularly jam over):
Freed From Desire -Gala
Let’s Get Close - Rosie Gaines
Gypsy Woman - Crystal Waters
Running Away - Roy Ayers
Be Free - Ten City
Fly Away – Crackerzat
Jubel - Klingande
Mr Saxobeat - Alexandra Stan
Guru Josh - Infinity
Push The Feeling On - Nightcrawlers
Fall For You -Kings Of Tomorrow
Finally - Kings Of Tomorrow
Maria Maria - Santana
Wild Thoughts - Rhianna
Yummy - Justin Bieber
ROCK & POP CLASSIC & MODERN:
sample list: (saxophone):
Seven Years Old - Lukas Graham
Forget You - CeLo Green
That's What I Like - Bruno Mars
Shape Of You - Ed
Karma Chameleon- Culture Club
Wonderwall- Oasis
Don’t Look Back In Anger - Oasis
Wonderful Tonight - Eric Clapton
Time Of Your Life - Green Day
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 Rolling Stones
Respect - Aretha Franklyn
Son Of A Preacher Man - Dusty Springfield
A Message To You Rudy - The Specials
One Step Beyond - Madness
Baker Street - Gerry Raffetty
AFROBEAT sample list (saxophone):
Lojay - Mona Lisa
Teni - Askamaya
Teni - Case
Timaya - I Can't Kill Myself
Ye - Burnaboy
Like To Party - Burnaboy
Fall - Davido
Wizkid feat. Tems - Essence
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
Oliver Twist - D-Banj
Water No Get Enemy - Fela Kuti
AFROSWING/FUSION:
More Of You - Emeli Sande/Stonebwoy
Black Magic - Kelly Rowland
REGGAE SAMPLE LIST (saxophone):
Waiting In Vain - Bob Marley
One Love - Bob Marley
No Woman No Cry - Bob Marley
Natural Mystic - Bob Marley
She’s Royal - Taurus Riley
Skanking Sweet – Chronnix
Here Comes Danger - Chronnix
Toast – Coffee
Who Knows – Proteje feat. Chronnix
Lioness On The Rise - Queen Ifrika
Come Down Father - Beres Hammond
Everybody - Anthony Hamilton
REGGAE SAMPLE LIST(vocal)
Silly Games - Janet Kay
Waiting In Vain - Bob Marley
Humanity - Prince Lincoln
I Need A Roof - The Mighty Diamonds
I’m So In Love With You - Alton Ellis
Undying Love - Ernest Wilson
BOLLYWOOD/PUNJABI:
Patiala Peg
Coca Cola
Koka
Bala Bala - Shaitan Ka Saala
Ankhiyon Se Goli Mare
Slowly Slowly
Moorni “Balle Balle”
Mundian to Bach ke
(I also jam over popular Punjabi songs at weddings and mendhi nights)
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).

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Short performance (up to 15 min)£125
Up to 1 hour£225
Up to 2 hours£300
Up to 3 hours£380
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Reviews

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Adam C
19 days ago
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5 out of 5

Ann-Marie was amazing! Everybody commented on how fantastic she was - perfect music and lovely with the children too. Ann-Marie made my 40th birthday very special and memorable. Thank you, Ann-Marie!!

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Jonathan P
1 month ago
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5 out of 5

Ann-Marie was fantastic! We spoke by email after the booking was made with regards to what music we wanted and a few details about the occasion. On the day of my dad's surprise birthday, all of our guests commented on how much they loved the music and how talented Ann-Marie is and how well she interacted with everyone. I cannot recommend enough. My only advice would be to get her booked for your party before someone else does!

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Amy M
3 months ago
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5 out of 5

I would definitely recommend tge amazing Ann-Marie. She played so beautifully that numbers of guests have asked about her details. Thank you Ann-Marie you are fantastic.

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Tunji Q
3 months ago
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5 out of 5

Ann-Marie was amazing and really stole the show at our brunch event. She was great in the build up too with good communication. Would definitely recommend and book her again

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Stephanie O
1 year ago, for a Birthday party in North London
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5 out of 5

Ann-Marie is simply the best! I loved the set and her artistry as well as how well she can engage the crowd. I will definitely be considering this experience when I have another event!

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Dawn T
2 years ago, for a Private event in Surrey
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5 out of 5

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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