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About Ben Martin Jazz

High quality jazz for any occasion. From solo saxophone to a full band with vocals. Slick, swinging jazz to delight your guests.
Jazz band
Nottingham
Public liability insurance of £10 million

Ben Martin Jazz is your one stop shop for the best in jazz entertainment. Ben, who according to the Guardian no less is 'a soloist of immaculate taste and lyricism' is a saxophonist who has been performing all over the world for over 30 years. He has vast experience of playing weddings, corporate events, parties, crusies, funerals and more. He even played an event for Sir Paul McCartney who was so impressed he jumped on stage and performed a few songs with him. Ben has played many festivals including North Sea, Brecon, Rotterdam and London EFG and world famous jazz clubs such as Ronnie Scott's in Soho and Smalls in New York. Ben can perform solo on his beautiful 1950s Selmer tenor saxophone. He uses exceptionally high quality backing tracks played by top British musicians and recorded in a world class studio. Using a portable battery powered pa system means he can play just about anywhere and moving between from outdoors to indoors is no problem. Perfect for a ceremony or drinks reception or if space and budget are tight. Next up is a duo. Ben can perform with piano, guitar or double bass or switch to guitar to accompany Jeanie on vocals. She's a wonderful singer in the tradition of Doris Day and Julie London. A trio can be made up of saxophone with piano or guitar and double bass and for a quartet just add drums. Add Jeanie to that line up and you have a band capable of filling the dance floor at any occasion. To really knock your socks off add trumpet for that mini Big Band sound. Ben also fronts a traditional jazz band 'The Fabulous Tea Bag Boys' playing music from the early days of jazz. Saxophone, trumpet, banjo and bass complete the line up. A trio of saxophone, trumpet and double bass are available as a roaming band. The repotoire spans the jazz age from the roaring 20's to the present day taking in the Swing Era, Be-Bop and Blue Note and include songs by George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Rodgers & Hart, Jerome Kern and Hoagy Carmichael and made famous by Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole and many more. Latin music is a favourite especially the songs of Antonio Carlos Jobim. All the musicians Ben uses are hand picked for their musicality, professionalism and enthusiasm for going the extra mile and doing the best possible job. All the equipment is PAT tested and the musicians are fully insured. As we're playing music from the jazz age we dress accordingly in sharp suits and Jeanie wears vintage dresses. PA and lights come as standard. We're happy to take requests in advance and play first dances.

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Ben Martin Jazz 's Reviews

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Heather T
20 days ago
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5 out of 5

Super music , would book you again . Absolutely fantastic had a family occasion they suited all ages we were so impressed !!!honestly loved every moment. Heather 🤩

Reply from Ben Martin Jazz
20 days ago

Thank you Heather. It was a lovely evening and I’m so glad you chose us to play for you. Ben

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Risha T
1 month ago
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5 out of 5

We had an amazing evening thank you for being so accommodating

Reply from Ben Martin Jazz
1 month ago

Thank you Risha. We really enjoyed playing for you. Thanks for looking after us so well.

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Bettina R
2 months ago
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5 out of 5

Ben was very helpful when liaising prior to the event and the band were excellent, playing a great choice of songs including all the ones we requested. I would definitely book them again and highly recommend!

Reply from Ben Martin Jazz
1 month ago

Thank you Bettina. Thanks for trusting us for your event. Ben

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Katie A
3 months ago
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5 out of 5

Ben was excellent, exactly what we wanted for our new year's eve party. He was professional & extremely talented. He provided background music leading into some more upbeat tracks as the dancefloor filled up. Everyone said how good he was. Thank you for giving our party that special edge!

Reply from Ben Martin Jazz
3 months ago

Thank you Katie, it was a fun night. There was great dancing going on. Thanks for booking me. Ben

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Nigel F
1 year ago, for a Wedding anniversary in The Incora County Ground
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5 out of 5

Having been married to my beautiful wife Helen for 35 years I needed to pull something out of the bag to stay in her good books. One of the best decisions I made was to engage with Ben Martin and his colleagues to provide our entertainment on the night. The Band provided a great atmosphere for the whole night in time slots that matched our theme. I would not hesitate in recommending the Band for future celebrations. Nigel Fern

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Amanda A
4 years ago, for a Birthday party in A
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5 out of 5

Your trio was fantastic Ben , everyone had such a great time and loved your music. I’ll definitely recommend you to my friends and can’t wait for the next big birthday bash for you to play at!! Many thanks again, Amanda

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Ben Martin Jazz 's Song list

Jazz Ballads
When I Fall In Love - Nat King Cole
Cry Me A River - Julie London
Misty - Erroll Garner
Stormy Weather - Etta James
Everything Happens To Me - Chet Baker
Early Autumn - Stan Getz
Autumn In New York - Billie Holiday
Body & Soul - Coleman Hawkins
Darn That Dream - Dexter Gordon
Nancy (With The laughing Face) - John Coltrane
Fools Rush In - Frank Sinatra
How Long Has This Been Going On - George Gershwin
I Can't Get Started - Ella Fitzgerald
I Cover The Waterfront - Billie Holiday
I Thought About You - Chet Baker
I'm A Fool To Want You - Frank Sinatra
Just Squeeze Me (But Don't Tease Me) - Duke Ellington
Lush Life - Billy Strayhorn
My Funny Valentine - Chet Baker
My One And Only Love - Johnny Hartman
My Ship - Ella Fitzgerald
Old Folks - Miles Davis
Our Love Is Here To Stay - Gene Kelly
Round Midnight - Thelonious Monk
September In The Rain - Frank Sinatra
Skylark - Mel Torme
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes - Dinah Washington
Someday My Prince Will Come - Miles Davis
Someone To Watch Over Me - Ella Fitzgerald
Stars Fell On Alabama - Frank Sinatra
That's All - Nat King Cole
The Man I Love - Billie Holiday
Try A Little Tenderness - Ray Charles
You Go To My Head - Diana Krall
Over The Rainbow - Judy Garland
Teach Me Tonight - Dinah Washington
Loverman - Billie Holiday
Mood Indigo - Duke Ellington
Moonglow - Nat King Cole
Nearness Of You - Frank Sinatra
Stella By Starlight - Miles Davis
You Don't Know What love Is - Chet Baker
Unforgettable - Nat King Cole
Popular jazz. The hits!
It Had To Be You - Harry Connick JR
My Baby Just Cares For Me - Nina Simone
L.O.V.E. - Nat King Cole
Moondance - Van Morrison
Summertime - George Gershwin
The Girl From Ipanema - Astrud Gilberto
It Don’t Mean A Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing - Duke Ellington
Blue Moon - Rodger’s & Hart
Fly Me To The Moon - Frank Sinatra
Fever - Peggy Lee
New York, New York - Frank Sinatra
Desafinado - Antonio Carlos Jobim
Don’t Get Around Much Anymore - Duke Ellington
A Foggy Day - Ella Fitzgerald
Georgia On My Mind - Ray Charles
I Got Rhythm - George Gershwin
I’ve Got You Under My Skin - Frank Sinatra
Lady Is A Tramp - Frank Sinatra
Night & Day - Frank Sinatra
So What - Miles Davis
Stormy Weather - Etta James
Take Five - Dave Brubeck
Mack The Knife - Bobby Darin
Moon River - Frank Sinatra
Hello Dolly - Louis Armstrong
Dream A Little Dream - Ella Fitzgerald
Hit The Road Jack - Ray Charles
At Last - Etta James
Beyond The Sea - Bobby Darin
Sway - Michael Bublé
Just A Gigolo/I Ain’t Got Nobody - Louis Prima
(Take The) A Train - Duke Ellington
What A Difference A Day Made - Dinah Washington
Bossa Nova/Latin - Brazil and beyond
Corcovado - Jobim
Desafinado - Stan Getz
Triste - Jobim
Chega De Saudade - Jobim
Mambo Inn
So Danca Samba - Jobim
Wave - Jobim
Watch What Happens - Jobim
Mas Que Nada - Sergio Mendes
St Thomas - Sonny Rollins
Once I Loved - Joe Henderson
One Note Samba _ Jobim
Manha de Carnaval - Luis Bonfa
Meditation - Jobim
Summer Samba - Marcus Valle
Be-Bop - 50s 60s Jazz
Donna Lee - Charlie Parker
A Night In Tunisia - Dizzy Gillespie
Confirmation - Dexter Gordon
Doxy - Sonny Rollins
Four On Six - Wes Montgomery
Jitterbug Waltz - Eric Dolphy
Joy Spring - Clifford Brown
Moose The Mooche - Charlie Parker
My Little Suede Shoes - Charlie Parker
One 'O Clock Jump - Count Basie
Poinciana - Ahmad Jamal
Road Song - Wes Montgomery
Sandu - Clifford Brown
Scrapple From The Apple - Charlie Parker
Stolen Moments - Oliver Nelson
Watermelon Man - Herbie Hancock
Canteloupe Island - Herbie Hancock
Yardbird Suite - Charlie Parker
Sunny - Bobby Hebb
Mercy Mercy Mercy - Cannonball Adderley
More Jazz
All Of Me
Don't Get Around Much Anymore
Almost Like Being In Love
Bye Bye Blackbird
Canteloupe Island
The Days Of Wine & Roses
On The Sunny Side Of The Street
Stompin' At The Savoy
Satin Doll
A Weaver Of Dreams
Time After Time
My Romance
Like Someone In Love
I Remember You
How High The Moon
Embraceable You
Black Coffee
I'm Beginning To See The Light
Autumn Leaves
Everything Happens To Me
Here's That Rainy Day
I Thought About You
Honeysuckle Rose
They Can't Take That Away From Me
Christmas Songs
All I Want For Christmas Is You
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
Jingle Bell Rock
I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
Last Christmas
Let It Snow
Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer
The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting...)
Jingle Bells
Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
Sleigh Ride
Winter Wonderland
White Christmas
Frosty The Snowman
It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year
Santa Baby

Ben Martin Jazz 's Prices

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Standard Prices
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Up to 1 hour£800
Up to 2 hours£800
Up to 3 hours£800
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

We can go from old fashioned show tunes to modern pop hits in an instant and love to see the dance floor full.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Glastonbury, The Big Chill, Ronnie Scott's, Peggy's Skylight, Matt & Phred's, Rotterdam Jazz Festival

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Louis Armstrong, Stan Getz, Frank Sinatra, John Coltrane

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

Glastonbury

Do you have different line-up options?

Yes. We can add piano to make a quartet or take away drums and add piano to keep it as a trio.

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

A slight change should be no problem at all

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

Yes, although if we're playing acoustically it's not possible

How much time do you need to set up?

15 mins

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

Of course

Is all of the equipment (e.g. PA & lighting) included in your quote?

Yes

Can you learn song requests before the event?

Yes
Musicianship
Genres:
Jazz, Latin jazz, Postmodern jukebox jazz, Swing, Blues, Easy listening, Acoustic, Motown, Soul, Vintage, Pop, Covers, Latin, Samba, Bossa nova, Brazilian music, 1920s era music, 1930s era music, 1940s era music, 1950s era music, 1960s era music
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Event types:
Wedding, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Recording session, Charity event, Birthday party
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