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About Dave Colebourn

A veteran professional saxophonist covering all genres! Energising, infectious performances delivered with friendly professionalism.
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Opportunities to play with luminaries such as Brandon Block and the BBC's Andrew Marston didn't materialise overnight; it's been an amazing rollercoaster to get here! I've been on my music journey since the age of six when I took up the piano, but was powerless to stop myself taking up the saxophone at age fourteen upon discovering funk music, which remains among my favourite genres today. I quickly found affinity with expressing myself on the instrument. During this time I fronted a jazz sextet and played with a couple of district big bands that helped me to start finding my unique voice. Playing a set at the Royal Albert Hall was a serious highlight! While studying at university in south-west England, I managed the university big band for three years, integrated myself for the first time into the improvised music scene there, and moreover took some very influential sax lessons that set me on the path to my future career. As if that wasn’t enough to inspire me to take my saxophone playing further, I was also extremely privileged to meet and receive coaching from the late ‘Pee Wee’ Ellis, arguably one of the greatest saxophonists of his generation. I moved to Bristol in late 2019, and absolutely love it here to this day. Musically speaking, I was just getting started here when a pandemic arrived and cancelled all the gigs! I was thankfully able to use the dark times to my advantage by unleashing… a metric tonne of sax practise! I came out of the pandemic able to achieve feats on the saxophone that I’d only dreamed of just months earlier. In a city like Bristol, the work pays off quickly. Since the reemergence of society I’ve had the privilege of working with an enormous variety of bands, both local and touring, in addition to playing a few different festivals and regularly making my mark on the incredible improvised music scene. Presently, I’m distributing myself between weddings, clubs, parties and corporate events, in addition to local sessions & projects, and also my own solo woodwind project! I'd be extremely hard-pressed to pick a favourite from all of the different styles of music that I play, although I'm in particular demand as an ibiza saxophonist. Why? I live for the energy!!

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Ibiza club, Classical crossover, Film / TV music, Ambient, House, Deep house, Techno, Drum 'n' Bass, Garage, EDM, Breakbeat, Electro-Swing, Jungle, Industrial, Triphop, Electronic, Dubstep, IDM, Electronica, 1950s era music, 1960s era music, 1970s era music, 1980s era music, 1990s era music, Jazz, Blues, Dixieland, Modern jazz, Latin jazz, Jazz fusion, Swing, Ragtime, Easy listening, Originals, Pop, Funk, Funk rock, Motown, R&B, Soul, Hip Hop, Covers, Rock, Pop rock, Rock 'n' Roll
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Corporate event, Birthday party, Bar / Club / Venue event, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Private event, Cruise, Theatre / Show, Recording session, Concert, Charity event, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Arranger, Orchestrator, Composer, Songwriter, Transcription, Fluent sight-reader, Fluent improviser, Live looping, Perfect pitch, Ableton Live, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching
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Song list

The songs listed here represent some of those that I most often play, but I can perform almost anything with advanced notice, and very often improvise with DJs with their own set lists. Simply let me know any specific requests you may have!
Jazz Standards
All Of Me
All Of You
All The Things You Are
Alright, Okay, You Win
Ana Maria
Angel Eyes
Apple Honey
April In Paris
April Joy
Arise, Her Eyes
Au Privave
Autumn In New York
Autumn Leaves
Beautiful Love
Beauty And The Beast
Bessie's Blues
Big Nick
Black Coffee
Black Diamond
Black Narcissus
Black Nile
Black Orpheus
Blue Bossa
Blue In Green
Blue Monk
The Blue Room
Blue Train (Blue Trane)
Blues For Alice
Body And Soul
Boplicity (Be Bop Lives)
Bright Size Life
Broad Way Blues
But Beautiful
Byrd Like
C'est Si Bon
Call Me
Call Me Irresponsible
Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man
Captain Marvel
Central Park West
Chega De Saudade (No More Blues)
Chelsea Bells
Chelsea Bridge
Cherokee (Indian Love Song)
Cherry Pink And Apple Blossom White
A Child Is Born
Chitlins Con Carne
Come Sunday
Como En Vietnam
Con Alma
Cotton Tail
Could It Be You
Crystal Silence
Dancing On The Ceiling
Darn That Dream
Day Waves
Days And Nights Waiting
Dear Old Stockholm
Dearly Beloved
Dedicated To You
Desert Air
Detour Ahead
Dizzy Atmosphere
Doin' The Pig
Dolphin Dance
Domino Biscuit
Don't Blame Me
Don't Get Around Much Anymore
Donna Lee
Dream A Little Dream Of Me
Easter Parade
Easy Living
Easy To Love (You'd Be So Easy To Love)
Eighty One
El Gaucho
Falling Grace
Falling In Love With Love
A Fine Romance
500 Miles High
502 Blues
Follow Your Heart
For All We Know
For Heaven's Sake
(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons
Forest Flower
Four On Six
Freddie Freeloader
Freedom Jazz Dance
Full House
Gee Baby, Ain't I Good To You
Giant Steps
The Girl From Ipanema (Garôta De Ipanema)
Gloria's Step
God Bless' The Child
Golden Lady
Grand Central
The Green Mountains
Groovin' High
Grow Your Own
Gypsy In My Soul
Half Nelson
Have You Met Miss Jones?
Heebie Jeebies
Hello, Young Lovers
Here's That Rainy Day
Hot Toddy
House Of Jade
How High The Moon
How My Heart Sings
Hullo Bolinas
I Can't Get Started
I Can't Give You Anything But Love
I Could Write A Book
I Got It Bad And That Ain't Good
I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart
I Love Paris
I Love You
I Mean You
I Remember Clifford
I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free
I'll Remember April
I'm All Smiles
I'm Beginning To See The Light
I'm Your Pal
In A Mellow Tone
In A Sentimental Mood
In The Mood
In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning
In Your Quiet Place
The Inch Worm
Indian Lady
Inner Urge
The Intrepid Fox
Is You Is, Or Is You Ain't (Ma' Baby)
Isn't It Romantic?
It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)
It's Easy To Remember
Jelly Roll
Journey To Recife
Joy Spring
Jump Monk
June In January
Just One More Chance
Lady Bird
Lady Sings The Blues
Las Vegas Tango
Lazy Bird
Lazy River
Like Someone In Love
Limehouse Blues
Lines And Spaces
Little Boat (O Barquinho)
Little Waltz
Long Ago (And Far Away)
Lonnie's Lament
Look To The Sky
Love Is The Sweetest Thing
Lucky Southern
Lullaby Of Birdland
Lush Life
The Magician In You
Maiden Voyage
A Man And A Woman (Un Homme Et Une Femme)
Man In The Green Shirt
Meditation (Meditacao)
Memories Of Tomorrow
Midnight Mood
Midwestern Nights Dream
Miss Ann
Missouri Uncompromised
Mr. P.C.
Moment's Notice
Mood Indigo
The Most Beautiful Girl In The World
My Buddy
My Favorite Things
My Foolish Heart
My Funny Valentine
My One And Only Love
My Romance
My Shining Hour
My Ship
My Way
Mysterious Traveller
Naima (Niema)
Nica's Dream
Night Dreamer
The Night Has A Thousand Eyes
A Night In Tunisia
Night Train
Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out
Nostalgia In Times Square
(The Old Man From) The Old Country
Oliloqui Valley
Once I Loved (Amor Em Paz) (Love In Peace)
Once In Love With Amy
One Finger Snap
One Note Samba (Samba De Uma Nota So)
Only Trust Your Heart
Out Of Nowhere
Paper Doll
Passion Dance
Passion Flower
Peggy's Blue Skylight
Pent Up House
Penthouse Serenade
Peri's Scope
Pithecanthropus Erectus
Portsmouth Figurations
Prelude To A Kiss
Prince Of Darkness
P.S. I Love You
Pussy Cat Dues
Quiet Nights Of Quiet Stars (Corcovado)
Quiet Now
Recorda Me
Red Clay
Reincarnation Of A Lovebird
Ring Dem Bells
Road Song
'Round Midnight
Ruby, My Dear
Satin Doll
Scotch And Soda
Scrapple From The Apple
Sea Journey
Seven Come Eleven
Seven Steps To Heaven
Silver Hollow
Skating In Central Park
So Nice (Summer Samba)
So What
Some Other Spring
Some Skunk Funk
Somebody Loves Me
Sometime Ago
Song For My Father
The Song Is You
Sophisticated Lady
The Sorcerer
Speak No Evil
The Sphinx
Standing On The Corner
The Star-Crossed Lovers
Stella By Starlight
Stolen Moments
Stompin' At The Savoy
Straight No Chaser
A String Of Pearls
A Sunday Kind Of Love
The Surrey With The Fringe On Top
Swedish Pastry
Sweet Georgia Bright
Sweet Henry
Take Five
Take The “A” Train
Tame Thy Pen
Tell Me A Bedtime Story
Thanks For The Memory
That's Amore (That's Love)
(There Is) No Greater Love
There Will Never Be Another You
There'll Be Some Changes Made
They Didn't Believe Me
Think On Me
Thou Swell
Three Flowers
Time Remembered
Tones For Joan's Bones
Tour De Force
Tune Up
Turn Out The Stars
Twisted Blues
Unchain My Heart
Unity Village
Unquity Road
Up Jumped Spring
Valse Hot
Very Early
Wait Till You See Her
Waltz For Debby
We'll Be Together Again
West Coast Blues
What Am I Here For?
What Was
When I Fall In Love
When Sunny Gets Blue
When You Wish Upon A Star
Wild Flower
Witch Hunt
Wives And Lovers (Hey, Little Girl)
Woodchopper's Ball
Woodyn' You
The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise
Yes And No
You Are The Sunshine Of My Life
You Are Too Beautiful
You Brought A New Kind Of Love To Me
Young At Heart
Pop Classics
Superstition (Stevie Wonder)
Creepin (Stevie Wonder)
Lovely Day (Bill Withers)
Pick Up the Pieces (Average White Band)
A Million Dreams (The Greatest Showman)
A Thousand Years (Perri)
Ain't Nobody (Khan)
All Night Long (Lionel Richie)
All of Me (John Legend)
Bad habits (Ed Sheeran)
Billie Jean (Michael Jackson)
Blinding Lights (The Weeknd)
Burn (Goulding)
Creep (Radiohead)
Dance Monkey (Tones and I)
Dancing Queen (ABBA)
Diamonds (Rhianna)
Don't Stop Me Now (Queen)
Firework (Katie Perry)
Fly as Me (Bruno Mars)
Gimme Gimme Gimme (ABBA)
I Got You (I feel good) (James Brown)
I'm a Believer
Isn't She Lovely
Just the Two of Us (Grover Washington)
Let's Stay Together (Al Green)
Love Me Like You Do (Ellie Goulding)
One Last Time (Grande)
The Pink Panther (Henry Mancini)
Play That Funky Music (Wild Cherry)
Resonance (HOME)
September (Earth Wind and Fire)
Seven Years (Lucas Graham)
Sir Duke (Stevie Wonder)
Smells Like Teen Spirit (Nirvana)
Superstition (Stevie Wonder)
Stayin Alive (The Bee Gees)
Stitches (Shawn Mendes)
Sweet Dreams (Eurhythmics)
This is How We Do It (Jordan)
Titanium (David Guetta)
Wake Me Up (Aviici)
What is Hip (Tower of Power)
Whenever, Wherever (Shakira)
Uptown Funk (Bruno Mars)
Ibiza hits (I really will play over anything, but here are some favourites)
Jubel (Klingande)
This Girl (Kungs vs Cookin' on 3 burners)
Freed from Desire (Gala)
Lone Digger (Caravan Palace)
Gingoba (Sllash and Doppe)
Children (Robert Miles)
Darude Sandstorm
Destination Unknown (Alex Gaudino)
Dramaphone (Caravan Palace)
Ecuador (Sash)
Sax (Fleur East)
I'm Good [Blue] (Guetta and Rexha)
Liquid Spirit (Gregory Porter)
At Night (Kid Creme Club Mix)
Waitin' All Night (Rudimental)
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

In one word, that would be ENERGY! Most audiences comment in some way that my playing makes them feel 'alive' in that special way that's difficult to put your finger on.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

I've really been all over the place in my time! Some of the most prestigious highlights include The Royal Albert Hall, The Bristol Beacon, Bath Forum, the Royal Northern College of Music, and Imperial College London. I've recently most enjoyed picturesque venues such at Gara Rock hotel (Salcombe), The Mumbles Pier (Swansea) and the Gherkin (London)!

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

I've been inspired by a huge variety of saxophonists and other musicians over the last decade, although my strongest recent influence has to be Shabaka Hutchings! His work with "The Comet is Coming" is stellar, and something I aspire to replicate one day.

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

That would definitely be a showcase at the Royal Albert Hall! A big band set to an audience of over 2000 minors and accompanying guardians, including some solo features.

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

Simply drop me a mesage with your updated event timings; it's extremely likely that I'll still be able to perform for you!

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

Yes, absolutely! You can request this during a phone or text consultation. An iPod service is a available between sets free of charge. A service before or after the timings of my performance would incur a modest additional charge, depending on the duration(s) you had in mind.

How much time do you need to set up?

This will depend on the performance setup that you'd like me to bring, but overall not too long! Here are some common examples: - Wireless mic to plug into DJ desk or other PA system: 15 mins - Wireless mic to plug into my own PA system: 25mins - Microphone through pedalboard into PA: 30mins

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

Yes, you're welcome to choose as many or as few songs from my song list to be performed as you'd like.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes! If there is no PA at your venue, I can provide a battery powered, portable PA myself. Though unsuitable for the largest of venues, it will easily cover a moderately sized room or outdoor space.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

Yes, I can absolutely do this given some time to prepare. A minimum of 3 bespoke songs are available for you to request free of charge, provided I can get at least a weeks notice to learn them. You may be able to ask for more depending on the style of music you're after! Please do ask about this.


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Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£150
Up to 1 hour£260
Up to 2 hours£400
Up to 3 hours£500
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Jody L
1 day ago
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5 out of 5

Dave was absolutely AMAZING !! From first booking, he contacted me to ask for my music choice and gave me the option of choosing five extra songs which he would learn prior to playing at the Hen Do (he then learnt these in a week). Dave then arrived along with all of his equipment and gorgeous saxophone and put on an incredible performance leaving 24 girls on a hen do and the bride absolutely speechless!! Thank you so much Dave for your professional and spectacular performance! I 100% recommend and will DEFINITELY be using Dave again in the near future!!

Reply from Dave Colebourn
1 day ago

Thanks ever so much for your glowing feedback!! I had great fun performing for you, and I'm absolutely down to do it again; bring it on!

Maddie W
4 days ago
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5 out of 5

Dave was absolutely amazing. He stayed well past the paid finish time to make sure I got every minute of playing time that I had paid for. Everyone loved his talents and it was just perfect for the party. Could recommend enough⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Reply from Dave Colebourn
4 days ago

Thanks so much for your kind words Maddie - really glad you and your guests enjoyed it as much as I did! Best wishes.

From other customers:

Natalie E
11 days ago, for a Private event in Malvern WR14 3LE
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5 out of 5

My friends surprised me on my hen do and got Dave playing all my fave songs at my hen party. It was the highlight of the whole weekend! Unbelievably talented and full of energy 👏 thank you Dave the rave!

Toni P
2 months ago, for a Bar / Club / Venue event in 12-14 Friar St
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5 out of 5

Dave was just brilliant, played along with the DJ without requesting any song, the best part was seeing him playing in the middle of the crowd, will definitely book him for another night.

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