Daniel Brunskill

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Sax & Flute player in Leeds.

Dan Brunskill is a graduate from Leeds College of Music conservatoire specialising in jazz. A leading saxophonist in his year, he won the conservatoire BA Music (Jazz) prize in all three years he was studying, for receiving the highest mark in his year. The high regard the college held him was also reflected in the fact Dan was a member of both of the Leeds College of Music Big Bands throughout his time at the college, an honour usually reserved for more senior students. This extended to being a featured soloist at The Manchester Jazz Festival, promoting the jazz night B-Side at Leeds College of Music. In 2016, Dan was a semi-finalist in The BBC Young Jazz Musician of The Year Competition. His quintet also won the Jazz Originality competition at Leeds College of Music. The prize being a sponsored recording session which was used to promote composition at the conservatoire. Dan was classically trained until the age of 17 when he was awarded scholarship to The Sage Gatesheads’ music school to study jazz, and received tuition from Graeme Wilson, a founding member of the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra. Whilst at the Sage, Daniel auditioned and earned a place in the North-East regional jazz orchestra as lead alto saxophone. This gave Dan a number of high profile performance opportunities including Manchester Jazz Festival, Gateshead International Jazz Festival and headlining Hall One at The Sage Gateshead with a youth big band from New York. These were led by prestigious jazz artists such as Andy Sheppard, Tim Garland and New York based saxophonist Roy Nathanson. Currently, Dan is recording and touring with Abstract Orchestra. A conventional Big Band made up of some of the UK’s in demand sessions players, Abstract plays a series of hip hop numbers. After the success of their Abstract Does Dilla album, the band completed two UK sell out tours, collaborating with singer and rapper Illa J, playing at venues such as The Jazz Café London, Band On The Wall Manchester and The Southbank Centre London. Dan also regularly plays with The National Youth Jazz Orchestra as a formal deputy for the band and records with his horn section for various pop sessions and festivals.

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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
Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Electronic, Film / TV music, House, IDM, Drum 'n' Bass, Deep house, EDM, Electro-Swing, Industrial, Ambient, Blues, Cabaret, Swing, Funk, Funk rock, Motown, Top 40, Soul, Disco, Covers
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Event types:
Wedding, Wedding proposal, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Arranger, Fluent improviser, Fluent sight-reader, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Examiner
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Kiran V, 10 months ago

Daniel was very professional and easy to communicate with. He played exceptionally well on the night and created a very vibrant party atmosphere. Would be happy to recommend and book Daniel for future events.

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Saffron L, 1 year ago

Dan was amazing! I would highly recommend to anyone and would definitely come back to have Dan perform at future events!

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Ali M, 2 years ago

As well as a great player, Dan is a true performer and always puts on a good show!

Mother G, 2 years ago

Hi Dan I just want to say thank you so much for performing at our sons wedding last night you where fantastic everybody loved your music what a talented sax player you rocked!!