Saxophonist

Dan Gribbin

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Stylish music for any occasion, from background music to upbeat hits
Saxophonist
Manchester
Public liability insurance of £10 million

Dan specialises in pop, jazz, theatre and classical music genres, performing at 100+ weddings, events and shows across the UK and abroad each year. Having graduated with a first class degree in music performance from the Royal Northern College of Music and The University of Manchester, he is now most often found playing chilled background music and/or upbeat party sax! As an excellent sight-reader and improviser, he currently deps on the Totally Tina, Think Floyd and Dire Streets tours, and performs with various horn sections, big bands and orchestras. As a session musician, Dan has recorded with artists including Christian Madden, Joe Keegan, The Videogame Orchestra, Sean Rogan and the County Classical Orchestra. Recent performance highlights include multiple appearances live on BBC Radio, performing at the Buckle and Boots Country Festival, the In-Focus series at The Wigmore Hall, multiple shows at Band on the Wall, and appearing as a featured soloist with Wyatt Sinfonia. With a dynamic presence on the Sax/DJ scene, Dan regularly performs at events alongside DJs such as DJ Robert Burian, Manchild and DesiJockeys, impressing audiences at The Victoria Warehouse amongst other large venues. As an ensemble musician, Dan is a founding member of the Spark Duo, Arcus Saxophone Quartet and Spectrum Saxes. He relishes the opportunity these groups provide to nurture a diverse musical palate which bridges the gap between the classical and jazz worlds. Dan plays soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxophones, and often sings backing vocals within a range of genres. He also plays AKAI and Roland Electronic Wind Instruments (EWI). With Grade 8 qualifications in saxophone, drum kit, singing and acting, Dan delivers private instrument tuition to students of all abilities in a friendly and positively challenging environment.

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Genres:
Jazz, Blues, Cabaret, Dixieland, Modern jazz, Barbershop, Swing, Latin jazz, Jazz fusion, Ragtime, Postmodern jukebox jazz, Gypsy jazz, Gospel, Christmas, Contemporary Christian, Military, Traditional church music, Classical, Baroque, Classical crossover, Contemporary classical, Early music, Fanfare, Film / TV music, Medieval music, Musical theatre, Opera, Renaissance, 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, Ceilidh, Country, Folk rock, Irish rock, Rockabilly, Traditional English folk, Traditional Irish folk, Traditional Scottish folk, Welsh folk, Avant garde, Easy listening, Experimental, Light music, Marching, Originals, Pop, Acoustic, Ambient pop, Covers, Disco, Funk, Funk rock, Karaoke, Motown, Soul, Top 40, Tribute, Vintage, Rock, Alternative rock, Britpop, Classic rock, Glam rock, Hard rock, Indie, Pop rock, Post rock, Power rock, Progressive rock, Punk rock, Rock 'n' Roll, Synth rock, World music, African music, Asian music, Australian music, Balkan, Bavarian oompah, Bollywood, Bossa nova, Brazilian music, Calypso, Caribbean music, Cuban music, Cumbia, Flamenco, German music, Indian music, Italian music, Jewish music, Klezmer, Latin, Polka, Reggae, Salsa, Samba, Scottish music, Ska, Tango, Mariachi
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Event types:
Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue 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:
Actor, Live looping, Fluent improviser, Instrumental teaching, Fluent sight-reader, MC, Lyricist, Songwriter, Arranger, Composer, Orchestrator, Producer
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Dan's Song list

Categories:
Pop
jazz
Ibiza Sax Hits
Chilled ibiza
Pop
Isn’t she lovely
A Thousand Years
All of me (Legend)
Alfie
Can You Feel The Love Tonight
Dreams
I’m Yours
Sir Duke
Aint No Sunshine (When She’s Gone)
Colours Of The Wind
Cry Me A River
Here comes the sun
He Ain't Heavy He's My Brother
How Deep Is Your Love
Crazy
Just The Way You Are
I Just called to say I love you
Signed, Sealed, Delivered
Dream a little dream
Killing Me Softly With His Song
Moon River
She's The One
Superstition
Hallelujah
The Wind Beneath My Wings
When You Say Nothing At All
Run
At Last
Somewhere
Rule The World
Shape of You
What A Wonderful World
Lets Stay Together
I Get The Sweetest Feeling
Stand By Me
Lean On Me
Pick Up The Pieces
Can’t Help Falling In Love
Chasing Cars
Valerie
Jazz
All The Things You Are
All of Me
Ain't Misbehavin'
La Vie En Rose
Autumn Leaves
Mack the knife
Blue Moon
Cute
Embraceable You
Fascinating Rhythm
Fly Me To The Moon
God Bless The Child
Harlem Nocturne
Have You Met Miss Jones
How High The Moon
I Got Rhythm
It's Alright With Me
Over The Rainbow
Satin Doll
Summertime
Sweet Georgia Brown
Swinging Shepherd Blues
Take Five
The Girl From Ipanema
When I Fall In Love
Misty
My Funny Valentine
My Heart Will Go On
Night And Day
Round Midnight
Fly Me To The Moon
In The Mood
It Don't Mean A Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing
Satin Doll
Take The 'A' Train
Yardbird Suite
Hit The Road Jack
Ibiza Sax Hits
Jubel – Klingande
This Girl – Kungs Cookin on 3 Burners
Infinity 2008 - Guru Josh Project
Destination Calabria (ft. Crystal Waters) – Alex Gaudino
Freed From Desire – Gala
Rather Be - Clean Bandit
Show Me Love - Robin S.
I'm Coming Out - Diana Ross
Came Here For Love – Sigala ft. Ella Eyre
Deeper Love – Mike Mago
Levels - Avicii
Don't Be So Hard On Yourself - jess Glynne
Sweet Lovin - Sigala
Get Lucky - Daft Punk
Higher Love - Kygo
Intoxicated - Martin Solveig
Can't Stop The Feeling - Justin Timberlake
Show Me Love (EDX Inidan Remix) – Sam Feldt
So Good To Me – Chris Malinchak
What Is Love 2016 – Lost Frequencies
Waves – Mr. Probz, Robin Schulz Radio Edit
Head & Heart - Joel Corry
Chilled Ibiza
Jubel - Klingande
Smooth Operator remix
My Love - Route 94
BANG - Sandy Rivera
Benediction - Hot Natured
California Dreamin - Freischwimmer
Cola - CamelPhat
Cold Light - KC Lights
Deeper Love - Mike Mago
Faded - ZHU
Fast Car - Jonas Blue
Firestone - Kygo
Aint Giving Up - Craig David/Sigala
I Got U - Duke Dumont
Is This Love - Bob Marley (remix)
Late Night feelings - Mark Ronson
Lost in Music - Sister Sledge
Never Too Much - GOLD RVSH
No Man No Cry - Oliver Koletski
Ocean Drive - Duke Dumont
Prayer in C - Lilly Wood
Put 'Em High - StoneBridge
Ride It - Regard
Saltwater - Nora En Pure
September Song - JP Cooper
Sexual Healing - Marvin Gaye/Kygo
Show ME Love - Sam Feldt
Sing it back - Ash
The Inside - DEBOAR
Ederlezi - DJ Dark
The Outside - DEBAOR
Clandestina - DJ Dark
You Give Me - DEBAOR
Only Wish To Fly - DEBAOR
Ace - DEBAOR
There is still pain left - Sophie Hunger
Mosaique - Ash
So Good to Me - Chris Malinchak
This Girl - Kungs
Times like these - Albin Myers
What Is Love - Lost Frequencies
Waves - Mr. Probz
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

Music is about more than just sound - it's also about personality and expression. As well as being a highly trained performer, I love to engage with clients and audiences to give them a quality experience and atmosphere they will never forget.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

100+ Wedding Venues 50+ corporate clients Theatre Royal and Concert Hall Wigmore Hall - London Bridgewater Hall - Manchester Albert Hall - Nottingham The Hilton Hotel Buckle and Boots Festival Wentworth Woodhouse Hawkstone Hall Royal Exchange Theatre Crewe Theatre South Shields Theatre Billingham Theatre Halifax Theatre Dudley Theatre

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Michael Brecker - Saxophone Bob Reynolds - Saxophone Derek Brown - Saxophone Girl on Sax - DJ Sax

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

As well as performing at many of the UK's professional theatres, concert venues and festival stages, some clients who have enjoyed my music include Porsche, Amazon and various Film Production Companies. I have also enjoyed performing internationally.

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

Planning an event has lots of moving parts, so I completely understand that timings may change. I always try to be as flexible as possible, to ensure your event runs smoothly and just as you had imagined. If your timings change slightly in the run up to the event, please just let me know.

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

Absolutely, this is a really popular request (especially with DJ Live Party Sax sets) an d helps to keep the atmosphere for the guests. I use my professional PA system for superior sound quality. Please check out the Add Ons page.

How much time do you need to set up?

I usually set up around 30mins to 1 hour before the performance time, depending on the location and size of the event. However, I am able to set up in 5 minutes when required!

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

Yes of course. I have an extensive repertoire list which covers songs that work best in my experience, but I'm very happy for you to choose particular songs/genres if you have some in mind. Also, I'm more than happy to take requests!

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes, I bring all the equipment needed, from one portable speaker through to a full PA system, mixer and lights. My equipment is PAT tested.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

Absolutely, I love to learn new songs and take requests to make your event extra special! This is most common when I am playing in ceremonies (entrance of bride/signing of register/ceremony exit) but I'm very happy to for any event. Please just get in touch.

Dan's Prices

Last updated: 2024

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£300
Up to 2 hours£350
Up to 3 hours£425
Packages
Wedding ceremony + Drinks reception
- Music before the service begins, and during the ceremony entrance, signing of the register, and as guests leave. - 2 x 50 min performances at the drinks reception of relaxed background jazz, pop covers and chilled ibiza.
£550
Wedding ceremony + Drinks reception + Evening Party
- Music before the service begins, and during the entrance, signing of the register, and as guests leave. - 2 x 45 min performances at the drinks reception of relaxed background jazz, pop covers and chilled ibiza. - 1x Upbeat Party Sax set in the evening - ibiza classics to get guests dancing!
£750
DJ Sax + Manned DJ
Keeping the dancefloor busy over 3 hours, Dan can provide 3x 30min live sax sets, alongside DJ party classics, all the while taking requests from guests. Professional PA system and lighting included.
£750

Add-ons

Playlist DJ service
+£99
Live Duo (Piano)
+£250
4 Piece party band
+£1500
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Dan's Reviews

From Encore customers:

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Sian Y
28 days ago
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5 out of 5

Fantastic, highly recommend. Booked for partners 60th Birthday party, arrived on time, easy set up, great choice of music, got the atmosphere going and people up dancing. Great musician and musicality!

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Natalia B
1 month ago
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5 out of 5

Dan, you were incredible. You made my mums night so special, everybody loved you. You dressed to the occasion, you were so thoughtful in the process of the night. Thank you for being such a great act and making it suitable to all ages. We would love to pass your details on to a local restaurant/bar who would love to use you for some upcoming events?

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Jonathon W
1 month ago
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5 out of 5

Dan DJ’d and played for a 40th birthday celebration. He was an absolutely joy, worked with me on song choices running up to the party and on the night got everybody dancing and joining in with his sax playing. I’d highly recommend Dan and thank him again for bringing the party.

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Lesa C
1 month ago
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5 out of 5

Dan was absolutely fabulous he was just perfect beginning to end. From booking with Encore then the communication in between with Dan, and on the night everyone loved it he was great. If anyone wants a sax player I’d definitely recommend Dan. Thanks so much again.

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Lottie B
3 months ago, for a Birthday party in Leeds
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5 out of 5

Dan brings any party to life. Adaptable to any song or genre so appeals to everybody. 10/10 would recommend!

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Kirsty W
1 year ago, for a Wedding anniversary in Huddersfield
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5 out of 5

Dan played at our anniversary party and the guests absolutely loved it , he was quick and helpful with communicating before the event, discussing the set list and requests with us ect and was the perfect background music, would definitely hire again, so polite and friendly.

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