Saxophonist

Chris 'Zay' Williams

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Powerful headline performer for over 18 years. An extremely unique, exciting and energetic musician that delivers on every performance.
Saxophonist
London
Public liability insurance of £5 million

Chris 'Zay' Williams is one of the most exciting musicians in the UK, specialising in the Saxophone, the Piano and as a Multi-Genre Music Producer and Engineer, with a powerful reputation in the performing industry having been trained by and having worked with some of the best the performing world has ever seen, having completed a BA Hons in Creative Music Performance and Technology and studied under legendary musician Gordon Lewin and Frank Griffiths. Forged in the fires of the music industry with over 18 years of experience performing at the highest level, performing in many concerts and showcases as well as playing for TV and live radio. Performing at events for a varied range of clients including Presidents and Ambassadors, Celebrities, Super-Model's and Footballers, including Celebrity Weddings, Private Parties and Fashion shows for Global Level Companies, as well as charting Record Releases stretching across the globe with international performances and tours with headline artists in some of the most prestigious venues the performing world has to offer. Extremely qualified and vastly experienced at the top level, working as both a solo performer and leading bands in large performances, maintaining a sterling flawless reputation for bringing true musicianship and powerful performances both visually and audibly to every audience in any setting. I am confident reading as well as playing by ear and have exceptional improvisational skills across many different styles of music. My training includes Classical, Jazz, Soul, Funk and Latin which I am able use as a foundation and apply to all types of music and performances. I also play the piano with particular focus on improvisation and playing by ear. I have performed in almost all of the major club venues in London, including Celebrity events at venues and many others, performing as the main attraction with top DJ's in the circuit, both for public and private nights. I've had the opportunity to perform in prestigious concert venues to large audiences including The Royal Albert Hall, The Royal Festival Hall, The Brixton O2 Academy, The South Bank and others, performing both solo and as part of an act / band supporting International and UK artists. I've performed in events in some of the UK's top Hotels for private functions, weddings, including Celebrity parties and high-end Fashion events including, The Grosvenor Marriot, The Dorchester, Claridges London, The Four Seasons Park Lane, The Intercontinental Park Lane, The Landmark, The Lancaster and lots of others. I've been hired to perform in events in Canada, Cuba, Miami, Ibiza, Italy, Spain, Malta, Kenya, Marrakech and more. Notable performances include a BBC live Maida Vale session, (Swami - 'Hey Hey') as well as other high-profile events, (The Rishi Rich Wedding, The West Ham United Party, Katie Price, Teenage Cancer Trust, Asiana Fashion Show (also an editorial feature in their 2016 Summer issue), also private concerts for the Colombian and the Venezuelan President, the Peruvian and the Argentinian Ambassador. Big public live events including the Notting Hill Carnival and The Peruvian Independence Carnival. Music video performances include; Swami - 'Hey Hey', Robin Del Castillo - 'Aquella Mujer', Sparky - 'Charismatic', Karma - 'Karma for your Soul', Little Dee - Mr Douglas EP, SBTV and other live events including festivals and live online performances, all of which have either been broadcast on TV, radio and/or the Internet. I have recorded in many different studios for various projects across the world, both for singles and album releases, for both independent & major label companies and TV/Film. In addition to my performing, I am also one of the directors of the London based production company 'Zay D Entertainment', in which I work in a music production and song writing team alongside Deon 'D' Girdhar and James Essien, under the management of Seven Grand Entertainment under David Miller and Davon Washington. Many of the projects to date have achieved high chart status including iTunes no 1's, as well album and single releases with major record labels. In addition, I have contributed towards specialist projects for Ruff Ryders Entertainment and Leona Lewis (Stage Tour - Bleeding Love remixes/arrangement). I also perform frequently with Kudos Music, a leading London based events management and performance team, performing at many of their functions, including weddings and corporate both in the UK and abroad. I'm also as a music teacher with 14 years of experience at a specialist Music Academy and High School in London, working with people at primary age, through GCSE and A-Level and mature students in performance and composition. My specialist areas of teaching are Saxophone, Keyboard/Piano studies, Band/Ensemble, Music Production and Song Writing. I have an excellent reputation in this industry as a hardworking, reliable and powerful performer and I put my absolute all into every performance, be it live on a stage, on the radio or TV, or in a studio, striving to ensure that every show is better than the last. I believe that a performance should capture the audience in both an audible and visual way, connecting each member of the audience to the performer and involving them in the performance as intimately and as powerfully as possible. I work very hard to make sure I achieve this each time I perform, whether it is for an audience of a few or for thousands, luckily, I can say I have had I have the experience of both. I look forward to new and exciting opportunities and am interested in pursuing all kinds of opportunities and possibilities, both in the UK and Internationally. I thoroughly enjoy my work and with the support of a strong network behind me, I hope to take my journey through the performing world as far and as high as possible.

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
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Musicianship
Genres:
R&B, Classical, Baroque, Classical crossover, Contemporary classical, Early music, Fanfare, Film / TV music, Medieval music, Musical theatre, Opera, Renaissance, Christmas, Contemporary Christian, Military, Traditional church music, Electronic, Ambient, Breakbeat, Deep house, Drum 'n' Bass, Dubstep, EDM, Electro-Swing, Electronica, Garage, House, IDM, Industrial, Jungle, Techno, Triphop, 1920s era music, 1930s era music, 1940s era music, 1950s era music, 1960s era music, 1970s era music, 1980s era music, 1990s era music, Folk, Bluegrass, Ceillidh, Country, Folk rock, Irish rock, Rockabilly, Traditional English folk, Traditional Irish folk, Traditional Scottish folk, Jazz, Blues, Cabaret, Dixieland, Gypsy jazz, Jazz fusion, Latin jazz, Modern jazz, Postmodern jukebox jazz, Ragtime, Swing, Barbershop, Gospel, Avant garde, Easy listening, Experimental, Light music, Marching, Noise music, Originals, Pop, Acoustic, Ambient pop, Americana, Covers, Disco, Funk, Funk rock, Hip Hop, Karaoke, Motown, Soul, Top 40, Tribute, Vintage, Rock, Alternative rock, Britpop, Classic rock, Glam rock, Hard rock, Hardcore, Heavy metal, Indie, Pop rock, Post rock, Power rock, Progressive rock, Punk rock, Rock 'n' Roll, Synth rock, World music, African music, Afrobeat, Arabic, Argentinian, Armenian, Asian music, Australian music, Balkan, Bavarian oompah, Bollywood, Bossa nova, Brazilian music, Calypso, Caribbean music, Choro, Cuban music, Cumbia, Flamenco, French music, German music, Greek music, Hawaiian music, Indian music, Italian music, Jewish music, Klezmer, Latin, Mariachi, Merengue, Polish music, Polka, Polynesian music, Reggae, Russian music, Salsa, Samba, Scottish music, Ska, Skiffle, Spanish music, Tango, Ibiza club
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Event types:
Wedding, Bar / Club / Venue event, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Private event, Corporate 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, Audio engineer, Composer, Lyricist, Sound technician, Songwriter, Producer, Orchestrator, Drum technician, Transcription, Fluent improviser, Fluent sight-reader, Live looping, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Composition teaching, Community music worker, Accompanist
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Song list

Anything I can hear, I can play / perform!!
Club
Soul
Jazz
R & B
House
Funky House
House & Garage
Hiphop
Old school classics
Drum and Bass
Reggae
Soca
Dancehall
Motown
Swing
Bollywood
Pop
Classical
Funk
Rock
Latin Jazz
Arabic
Folk
Salsa
Grime / Trap

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Nausheen S, 1 year ago

I would highly highly recommend Chris to play at your event, he was absolutely fantastic. From the day I first spoke with him regarding my sons wedding reception till the end Chris was very very helpful and supportive, He gave me the perfect advice as to when he will play, how long he would play and believe me he went wayyy beyond my expectations. Chris made my event so memorable for everyone who attended, he made sure the songs that I had selected were played for the entrance and first dance. I would be highly recommending Chris and have had many enquiries too. Well done Chris and thank you very much for doing what you do best . All the best for the future regards Nausheen

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Shay T, 1 year ago

Hi Chris, thank you so much for your epic performance at our wedding this summer!! Your energy and presence was so intoxicating, we loved every second and you had all the guests out of their seats!! Your music, performance and energy was just electric and we are so glad we chose you to perform at our wedding reception! It made the whole party perfect and created just the vibe we wanted!! I wish we could do it all again just so we could have you all over again but for longer!! We would most definitely recommend you to our friends and family- just as long as we were invited to see you perform again!! 😊Fantastic job- keep rocking your amazing energy!!! Huge thanks, Shay and Thibaut!!!

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