Tenor Saxophonist

Brandon Allen - Saxophone/Bands

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Dynamic saxophonist Brandon Allen has performed with Eric Clapton, Jools Holland, Neil Diamond, Paloma Faith, Kyle Eastwood and many others!
Tenor Saxophonist
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Originally from Perth, Western Australia, Brandon relocated to London in 2000. Since arriving in the UK, he has worked with many varied artists and groups/ensembles as a saxophonist. Brandon is also busy as a session musician, composer and arranger for commercial music and films. His distinctive sound has been featured on film soundtracks including "Alfie"(2004) and "The Look of Love" (2013) He has performed with Eric Clapton, Paloma Faith, Kyle Eastwood, Mica Paris, Jools Holland, Neil Diamond, Gary Husband, Antonio Forcione, Stefano Di Battista, Akala, Charlie Wood, Jason Rebello, Gwylim Simcock, Omar Lyefook, Camille Bertault, Hamish Stuart, Mike Nock, Liane Caroll, Dennis Rollins, The Filthy Six, Gwyneth Herbert, Rumer, Keith Tippett, Tony Hadley, Candi Staton, US3, Carleen Anderson, James Torme, The BLOCKHEADS, Omar Kamal, Tony Christie, John Etheridge, Soweto Kinch, Noel McKoy, Guy Barker, Natalie Williams, The Laurence Cottle Big Band, Claire Martin, The BBC Big Band, Stan Tracey, Clark Tracey, Peter King, Darius Brubeck, Ronnie Cuber, Mark Nightingale, Richie Cole, Sophie Ellis Bextor, Beverley Knight and others. Various corporate work has included performances at the Shard, The Savoy, The Dorchester, The Rosewood Hotel, The Intercontinental (Hong Kong), The Mandarin Oriental, The Ritz, Grosvenor House, Boisdales (Canary Wharf and Belgravia), The Royal Theatre in Monaco, The Bahrain Grand Prix and others. He has performed for the Queen (Royal Variety Show), Camilla Parker Bowles and J K Rowling. Brandon has toured throughout Australia, The Phillipines, Japan, Singapore, China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Mexico, Hawaii, Spain, France, Luxembourg, Scotland, Portugal, Denmark, Switzerland, Hungary, Bulgaria, Poland, Slovenia, Lithuania, Croatia, Austria, Norway, Greece, Belgium, Italy, Bahrain, Holland, Germany, Czech Rebublic, Israel, Lebanon, USA and the United Arab Emirates. Festival appearances: The Vittoria, Terassa and Barcelona Jazz Festivals (Spain) Copenhagen Jazz Festival (Denmark) Jazz sous les pommiers and Marciac Jazz Festivals (France) St Moritz Jazz Festival and Zermatt Unplugged (Switzerland) The Australian Cultural Convention in the Philippines "Like a Jazz Machine" in Luxembourg Manly Jazz and Perth International Jazz Festivals (Australia) Kanazawa Street Jazz Festival (Japan) Festival Internacional de Santa Lucia (Mexico) The London Jazz Festival Edinburgh and Glasgow Jazz Festivals (Scotland) Oslo Jazz Festival (Norway) Umbria Jazz Festival (Italy) Jazzinec Jazz Festival (Czech Republic)

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Jazz, Blues, Dixieland, Modern jazz, Latin jazz, Swing, Gospel, Gypsy jazz, Jazz fusion, Classical, Classical crossover, Contemporary classical, Film / TV music, Ambient, House, Electronic, 1940s era music, 1950s era music, Easy listening, Funk, Pop, Covers, Bossa nova, Brazilian music, Latin, Samba
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Event types:
Private event, Corporate event, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Arranger, Composer, Orchestrator, Transcription, Instrumental teaching
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Song list

I can learn songs of various genres on request
Great American Songbook
Have you met Miss Jones
Ain't Misbehavin'
All The Things You Are
April In Paris
Angel eyes
As long as I live
Autumn In New York
The Best Is Yet To Come
The Best Things In Life Are Free
Black coffee
Blue Skies
Body And Soul
Bye bye blackbird
Change Partners
Cheek To Cheek
Come Fly With Me
Come Rain Or Come Shine
Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me
Don't Blame Me
Don't Get Around Much Anymore
Dream A Little Dream Of Me
East of the sun
Easy Living
Exactly like you
Falling in love with love
For all we know
For heaven's sake
A Fine Romance
Gee baby, ain't I good to you
Georgia On My Mind
Get happy
God bless the child
Here's That Rainy Day
Honeysuckle Rose
How Are Things In Glocca Morra
I Can Dream, Can't I?
I Can't Get Started
I Can't Give You Anything But Love
I Could Have Danced All Night
I should care
I won't dance
I'll Be Seeing You
I'll Get By (As Long As I Have You)
I'll remember April
I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter
I'm Old Fashioned
I've Got The World On A String
I've Got You Under My Skin
If Ever I Would Leave You
If I Were A Bell
In The Still Of The Night
Is you is, or is you ain't my baby
Isn't It Romantic?
It All Depends On You
It Could Happen To You
It Might As Well Be Spring
It's Only A Paper Moon
Jitterbug Waltz
Just In Time
Let's Fall In Love
Little Girl Blue
Love for sale
Love Letters
Love Me Or Leave Me
Lullaby of Birdland
Lush Life
Makin' Whoopee!
Mona Lisa
Mood Indigo
Moon River
My Baby Just Cares For Me
My Blue Heaven
My Foolish Heart
My ideal
My Funny Valentine
My Ideal
Never let me go
The Nearness Of You
On A Clear Day (You Can See Forever)
On A Slow Boat To China
On The Street Where You Live
On The Sunny Side Of The Street
Out Of Nowhere
People Will Say We're In Love
Polka Dots And Moonbeams
Pure imagination
Satin Doll
Somebody Loves Me
Stella By Starlight
Sophisticated lady
Some day my prince with come
Stormy Weather (Keeps Rainin' All The Time)
The Surrey With The Fringe On Top
Take The “A” Train
Teach Me Tonight
Thanks For The Memory
That Old Black Magic
That Old Feeling
The best is yet to come
The song is you
The very thought of you
There Will Never Be Another You
Time After Time
When I Fall In Love
When You Wish Upon A Star
Where or when
You don't know what love is
You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To
Other songs:
All Blues
Bernie's tune
Besame mucho
Blue Bossa
Blue monk
Blue train
Cantaloupe Island
Chelsea Bridge
Cissy Strut
Cold duck time
A child is born
Come sunday
Dolphin Dance
Don't no why
Drown in my own tears
Freedom Jazz Dance
Giant Steps
The girl from Ipanema
How insensitive
I wish I knew how it would feel to be free
If you never come to me
In walked bud
A night in Tunisia
Nobody knows you when you're down and out
Once I loved
One note samba
Ruby my dear
The sidewinder
Sister Sadie
So what
Son of a preacher man
Song for my father
Take Five
That's amore
The chicken
Thieves in the temple
Unchain my heart
Waltz for debby
Watermelon man
Witch Hunt
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

Clients enjoy my professionalism and my flexibility, helping to add something special to their event.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Stan Getz, John Coltrane, Gene Ammons, Sonny Rollins, Stevie Wonder, Eddie Harris, Charlie Parker

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

With Eric Clapton and Jools Holland at The Tsunami concert at Millenium Stadium in Cardiff. Paloma Faith UK tour. Kyle Eastwood Band.

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

I can be flexible timings wise if I'm given prior notice.

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

“Absolutely. This is a really popular request and we actually offer this service for free. If you'd like a DJ service via our PA after the final set until the venue closes, I can provide this for an additional £100.”

How much time do you need to set up?

We usually set up about 1 hour before the performance time.

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

Yes you can. The set list is flexible up to a point.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes, absolutely! I bring my own instrument to play acoustically. I can provide a PA if required, for unaccompanied sax this won't be required for most occasions. PA can be provided if you're after sax with tracks etc.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

If a song isn't included in our song list there may still be a chance we already know it. If there is a special song you'd like me to learn I am happy to do this for you. There is a fee of £30 for this service to take into account rehearsal times etc


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)£130
Up to 1 hour£175
Up to 2 hours£230
Up to 3 hours£320
Drinks reception
Solo saxophone with or without backing tracks Two performances of up to 45 mins each during your drinks reception
Wedding ceremony + Drinks reception + Dinner
Solo saxophone - Music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave. - 2 x 45 min performances at the drinks reception. - 2 x 45 min performances as dinner is being served.
Wedding ceremony
Saxophone and one other instrument (bass, guitar or piano) This includes music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave.
Drinks reception
Saxophone Duo Saxophone and one other instrument (bass, guitar or piano) Two performances of up to 45 mins each during your drinks reception
Wedding ceremony + Drinks reception + Dinner
Saxophone Duo Saxophone and 1 other instrument (bass, guitar or piano) - Music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave. - 2 x 45 min performances at the drinks reception. - 2 x 45 min performances as dinner is being served.
Drinks reception
Saxophone Trio Saxophone and two other instruments (bass, guitar, vocals or piano) Two performances of up to 45 mins each during your drinks reception
Drinks reception
Saxophone Quartet Saxophone with 3 other instruments (vocals, bass, guitar, piano or guitar) Two performances of up to 45 mins each during your drinks reception


From customers:

Jazz V
4 years ago

"..the quality is so consistent that it’s hard to pick a favourite. Allen’s big sound is a constant delight, and the engagement of the whole band carries the day." Jazz Views

10 years ago

"Brandon Allen is arguably the most exciting tenor player in Britain today. His phrasing is unashamedly emotional, soaked in the blues tradition." Tony Hall (JAZZWISE)

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